Bioprotopia: Designing the Built Environment with Living Organisms

Ruth Morrow (Editor), Ben Bridgens (Editor), Louise Mackenzie (Editor)

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Designing with living materials: thoughts on the paradigm shift and an overview of the state of research

What is “Bioprotopia”? It is a vision of a world with buildings that grow, self-heal and create virtuous cycles where waste from one process feeds another. A vision where the spaces that we inhabit are attuned to both the human occupants and non-human microbial ecologies.

This is the first book to ground the concept of biotechnology in the built environment in tangible, large-scale prototypes. With rich visuals, it presents materials and processes that bring to life the many possibilities of shaping the built environment with micro-organisms. In addition to considering scientific and technical challenges, the book also discusses the need for a shift in thinking and culture to realise this vision.

•First comprehensive publication on the state of research
•Demonstrates the use of renewable materials in design
•Illustrative, scientific documentation for design professions and researchers
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)9783035625790
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


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