___Drawing on Utility Pets, MyBio and Future Families, Caccavale presents his design practice. Caccavale makes speculative objects in which abstract issues and ethical questions that surround biotechnology are made tangible.
Designer, artist, researcher: Elio Caccavale (UK)
___The research of architect, physicist and sciencefiction author Dr. Rachel Armstrong is aimed at developing metabolic materials to be applied in the built environment. Armstrong foresees a living archtecture, capable of 'healing' the environment.
In the workshop Dr. Rachel Armstrong leads the participants along the conceptual and chemical steps of making an in-organic Traube Cell. Starting from current technologies, the participants develop scenario's to implement metabolic materials in the built environment. How can archictecture literally come to live?
___Protocells, such as the Traube Cell, are self-assembling chemical systems with the properties of simple life forms. Dr. Rachel Armstrong developed, with a team of scientists, different types of protocells designed for various applications in urban development, namely ‘living architecture’. Armstrong aims to eventually implement an architecture that makes an autonomous contribution towards healing the environment.
Artist / scientist: Dr. Rachel Armstrong