Skip navigation

How protocells can make 'stuff' much more interesting

How protocells can make 'stuff' much more interesting

Armstrong, Rachel (2011) How protocells can make 'stuff' much more interesting. Architectural Design, 81 (2). pp. 69-77. ISSN 0003-8504 (Print), 1554-2769 (Online) (doi:

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


Rachel Armstrong explains why living systems with their own metabolisms provide more exciting and far-reaching solutions than conventional building materials. She also explicitly explains why the pursuit of protocell technology, which enables us to artificially design living systems, is so much more promising than established methods, such as incorporating high-maintenance biological features – green walls or roofs – into existing urban context or applying biomimicry to traditional materials.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: concrete, Erwin Schrödinger, green walls and roofs, resource-intensive, biomimicry, bottom-up approach, protocells, ‘material computers’, DNA, semipermeable barrier, ‘protopearl’ system, Bütschli system, ‘quorum’ sensing bacteria, living materials for the built environment, material ‘species’, solar panels and cladding that can make biofuels from sunlight, insulating protective ‘shells’
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction
School of Architecture, Design & Construction > AVATAR (Advanced Virtual & Technological Architectural Research) Group
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 12:50

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item