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Unconventional computing in the built environment

Unconventional computing in the built environment

Armstrong, Rachel (2011) Unconventional computing in the built environment. International Journal of Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation, 3 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1941-6318 (Print), 1941-6326 (Online) (doi:

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The Synthetic Biology engineering based approach to living systems intersects with the new interdisciplinary field of unconventional computing and suggests a new method for design in architectural practice. Living systems possess unique properties that are not present in digital/mechanical systems - their sensors and effectors are intrinsically coupled, perform parallel forms of computation, are able to respond to unpredictable circumstances, respond in real time to environmental changes, and possess a robustness that can result in evolutionary change. This paper proposes how living technology, operating through the principles of unconventional computing could offer new environmentally remediating materials for architectural practice using a bottom-up approach to the construction of buildings and other human-made interventions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] The International Journal of Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation (IJNMC) is an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association.
Uncontrolled Keywords: architecture, environment, living technology, protocells, synthetic biology
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction
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