Curious Saturday: Architecture that repairs itself?
Venice is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself.
The speaker talks about the importance of sustainable architecture and the use of metabolic materials to connect buildings with nature. She explains that her team is working on creating these materials from scratch, and they are interested in protocells, which are living-like chemical batteries.
The speaker believes in bottom-up construction approaches and gives examples of metabolic materials used in ancient times. He shows an example of how protocell technology could be used to sustainably reclaim Venice by growing a limestone reef underneath the city.