Living Dialogs

Can the buildings that we live in come alive? Could such living buildings help us to create a healthier, more sustainable future? Could they become adaptive, resilient structures that care for the planet while empathizing, comforting and inspiring us? The Living Dialogs series brings together scholars and thinkers to collectively reflect on living architecture and its implications for our changing world.

In each episode, guests and listeners are invited to reflect on prompts designed to encourage thoughtful, in-depth discussion. You are invited to contribute your own thoughts and questions, which may be taken up at the Living Dialogs Webinar with the same guests a couple of weeks following each episode’s release (webinar info in sidebar).

This extended format is born of our belief that knowledge creation is also a collaborative and living endeavour – that meaning is not simply created through the exchange of information but that ideas are formed through open and emergent conversations.  For more on the format, feel free to listen to the podcast listening guide.

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Podcast S1E3: Biology, Computation, and Care in the Anthropocene – Part 2

With Rachel Armstrong, Dehlia Hannah, and Mette Ramsgaard Thomson

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October 21, 2021

Join Rachel Armstrong, Mette Ramsgaard Thomson, and Dehlia Hannah as they continue their discussion about the relationship between computation and biology, and the implications for Living Architecture as we conceive of a built environment that is more caring, inclusive, and sustainable.


Supported by the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, Michigan State University Center for Interdisciplinarity and the University of Waterloo.

  • Toolbox Dialogue Initiative
  • Michigan State University Center for Interdisciplinarity
  • University of Waterloo

Your Thoughts

In each Living Dialogs episode, guests and listeners are offered a number of prompts for reflection.  In this episode, the prompts considered by the guests are listed below. We encourage you to spend some time considering them, and leave us your thoughts or questions on the prompts or on living architecture more generally.  Then, join us a couple of weeks following the episode release for the Living Dialogs Webinar (information in sidebar) with the same guests, during which some of your thoughts and questions may be taken up for further discussion.  The webinar will also include a live Q&A portion.

In this episode, the prompts considered by the guests are listed below:

  • People cannot connect to living architecture unless it’s vulnerable.
  • Living architecture is only useful if it functions at the ecosystem scale.

Note: comments are moderated, so there may be some delay on submission.