TED Talks: “Architecture that repairs itself?”. Metabolic architecture research by Rachel Armstrong


Rachel Armstrong puts criticism that constructs energy today is only going in one direction to create an inert object. So intended or claims the introduction of architectural elements in the metabolic processes that occur in nature.

In the absence of metabolic materials the author of the talk and his team aims to generate these new materials from the observation of nature at microscopic scales to apply to architectural and urban scales.

One of the interesting proposals being developed is the creation of coral rock in a controlled manner as may be necessary settings in the foundation of the city of Venice. An interesting research in the field of metabolic architecture.

“Venice, Italy is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.”