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Built to Grow – Blending architecture and biology

Edited by: Barbara Imhof and Petra Gruber

Experiments with “Living Architecture”

Built to Grow investigates patterns of growth and dynamics in nature with the aim of creating a new “living architecture” that can be applied to architectonic designs. It examines biological processes to identify basic principles of growth and translate them into exemplary architectonic ideas and visions. The project brings together experts from the fields of architecture, biology, art, mechatronics, and robotics.

  • Investigates growth patterns and processes of nature in order to utilize these for the vision of self-growing houses
  • Contributions from international experts such as Rachel Armstrong, Julian Vincent and Angelo Vermeulen

Author Information

Barbara Imhof, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria; Petra Gruber, Transarch, Ybbs, Austria


… Built to Grow: Blending Architecture and Biology inevitably enriches the current discourse on biomimetics in architecture. The book does not solve the challenge of how to "grow" architecture, but it presents a powerful case study of how scientists and educators could blend the disciplines of architecture and biology to establish new interdisciplinary collaborations to overcome disciplinary constraints. The book could help leverage the innovative integration of life science and technology within the academic context of architecture schools. With this, the book lays the seeds for true innovation regarding the integration of nature and living systems in the built environment—and forecasts a future in which these achieve an unprecedented level of integration and synergy.

Gundula Proksch (2018) in Technology|Architecture + Design, 2:1, 118-119

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Audience: Architects, biologists, artists, mechatronics engineers