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.

We believe that knowledge creation, like living architecture itself, is 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.

Podcast S3E1: Bridging the gap between living and architecture: metabolic buildings, technological species, and a culture of care

With Manuel Kretzer and Areti Markopoulou

57:46 —

October 23, 2023

In this episode, Professor Dr. Manuel Kretzer and Architect and Urban Technologist, Areti Markopoulou join Living Dialogs host Edgar Cardenas in a thought-provoking conversation about buildings as organisms, reconceptualizing resource scarcity, and architecture’s impact on people and the environment. The dialog implicitly reflects a strong return to Indigenous and communal ways of understanding our relationship to Nature and the species around us, and asks us to think about what that might mean as we expand the definition of the word species and our ideas of life itself.


    • Dr. Areti Markopoulou,
    • Architect and Urban Technologist. Academic Director
    • Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

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

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.