Near-Living Architecture

Works in Progress from the Hylozoic Ground Collaboration 2011 - 2013

Philip Beesley

“Can architecture feel, and know, and respond to their occupants? Might buildings begin, in primitive ways, to come alive? The Hylozoic Series brings together researchers and industry collaborators from Canada, USA, and Europe in an inter-disciplinary research cluster attempting to develop a potent new kind of architecture. The group is devoted to developing new technologies and new aesthetics for responsive, adaptive building systems. Building on early steps that have integrated lightweight digitally fabricated structures, interactive mechanisms and sensor networks within new building structures, the group is now developing functions that pursue empathic feelings and that contain self-renewing metabolisms. This book gathers together working papers for this increasingly ambitious collaboration.”