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Guided Growth

When the ‘built’ becomes the ‘born’

Humans create some pretty clever designs, but until now, our constructed environment has largely been static. It’s time to take a hint from old nature and teach our buildings and products how to grow, adapt, and repair themselves. Using the principle of guided growth, fruits manufacture their own packaging, and chairs are designed to mimic bones. Even our buildings may eventually have the same urge to eat and breath as the residents inside.

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This living bridge is made of the roots of the Indian rubber tree
‘The most effective way to ‘heal’ a stressed ecology may be to construct living buildings’
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Self–Repairing Architecture

Rachel Armstrong

All buildings today have something in common: They are made using Victorian technologies. This involves blueprints, …

Growth Assembly

Worldwide shipping of manufactured things is very inefficient. How can we ship devices and utensils in a single envelope? As seeds.

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Growing a Hidden Architecture

Christian Kerrigan

Christian Kerrigan's project, Growing a Ship in a Yew Forest "explores the possibilities of a symbiotic relationship …

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Bone Chair

Van Mensvoort

Joris Laarman 's Bone chair takes its inspiration from the efficient way that bones grow (adding material where …

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Growing Rooms, Buildings & Cities

Van Mensvoort

With their project 'Rules of Six' architects Aranda & Lasch envision an unpredictable, self-generating landscape of …