Built to Grow - Blending architecture and biology


Opening 12 October, 2015, 6 pm
Exhibition 13 October –7 November 2015
Built to Grow investigates growth patterns and dynamics from nature and applies them to architecture with the goal of creating a new living architecture. Specific biological processes are presented in-depth to identify principles of growth and translate them into exemplary architectural ideas and visions. This
artistic research project comprised an interdisciplinary team from the fields of architecture, biology, art, mechatronics and robotics.

Panel discussion
12 October, 2015, 6 pm
Moderation: Barbara Imhof

Rachel Armstrong, experimental architecture, Newcastle University, School of Architecture, UK

Petra Gruber, biomimetics, architecture, Ethiopian Institute of
Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, Addis Ababa University, ET

Angelo Vermeulen, art, ecology, Delft University of Technology, Participatory Systems Initiative, NL

Thomas Speck, biology, University of Freiburg,, Botanischer Garten, Plant Biomechanics Group, DE


Project leads: Barbara Imhof, Petra Gruber, Waltraut Hoheneder

Researchers: Viktor Gudenus, Damjan Minovski, Angelo Vermeulen, Tanja Oberwinkler

Student researchers: Ceren Yönetim, Rafael Sanchez, Laura Mesa, Andreas Körner, Mohammedneja Shikur, Mariya Korolova, Atanas Zhelev, Ioana Binica, Alexander Nanu

Expert advisors: Thomas Speck, Julian Vincent


We would further like to extend our gratitude to the following people who supported the project GrAB:

Rector of the Angewandte: Gerald Bast

Project coordination at Angewandte: Alexander Damianisch, Angelika Zelisko, Wiebke Miljes

Studio Greg Lynn, University of Applied Arts: Greg Lynn, Bence Bap, Parsa Khalili, Maja Ozvadic

Institute of Architecture: Klaus Bollinger, Roswitha Janowski-Fritsch, Sabine Perternell

Angewandte Innovation Laboratory: Alexandra Graupner



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