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astrocyte living architecture systems is a dream state installation

Can architecture integrate living functions? How can we design kinetic, living architecture that engages with visitors during extended interactions and enhances human experience in an immersive environment? How do humans respond to these evolving interactions, in a process of mutual adaptation?

Can architecture integrate living functions? Could future buildings think, and care? The Living Architecture Systems Group brings together researchers and industry partners in a multidisciplinary research cluster dedicated to developing built environments with qualities that come close to life— environments that can move, respond, and learn, with metabolisms that can exchange and renew their environments, and which are adaptive and empathic towards their inhabitants.

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Supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funding and contributions from numerous partners, LAS is focused on develop­ing innovative technologies, new critical aesthetics, and integrative design working methods, helping equip a new generation of designers with critical next-generation skills and critical perspectives for working with complex environments.

The research of LAS has the potential to change how we build by transform­ing the physical structures that support buildings and the technical systems that control them. Intelligent controls, machine learning, lightweight scaf­folds, kinetic mechanisms, and self-renewing synthetic biology systems are being integrated in prototypes, exploring how these different systems might be fully integrated into new generations of buildings. Specializations are in advanced structures, mechanisms, control systems, machine learning, human-machine interaction, synthetic biology, and psychological testing. The combined expertise of the group offers unique integrated design, prototyping and public demonstration facilities.

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EDIT is a ten-day festival for design, innovation and technology in toronto and produced by design exchange, whose overarching theme for its inaugural edition is ‘prosperity for all’. a 150,000-square-foot abandoned factory is transformed into an ultramodern world where design, innovation and technology are the solutions to today’s grand challenges. held from september 28 to october 8 2017, the festival explores a world where crickets can combat global hunger, medical supplies are 3D-printed in outer space, drones deliver blood to remote communities, and shipping containers are the future of farming.

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