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This essay explores the possibility of going beyond sustain- ability↗ and net-zero↗ by working with biological processes and systems to enable us to construct, operate and main- tain the built environment whilst restoring a diverse, abundant natural world. Two distinct challenges of instigating this profound shift are explored. The first is the difficulty in devel- oping and testing new construction technologies which require multi-scale facilities and transgress disciplinary bound- aries: architectural technology research facilities rarely in- clude the infrastructure or expertise to carry out biological experimentation. The second is the challenge of introducing not only new materials, but entirely new forms of construc- tion and building systems, into a stringently regulated and risk-averse construction industry. The construction of an experimental building at Newcastle University, called the OME↗, is used as a case study to examine these challenges. The OME is the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environ- ment’s (HBBE)↗ experimental building designed to promote collaboration across disciplines, provide a test bed for ar- chitectural scale prototyping of biological building technolo- gies, and enable engagement with the public and industry |Figure1↗|.
Author(s): Bridgens B
Editor(s): Morrow R; Bridgens B; Mackenzie L;
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Bioprotopia: Designing the Built Environment with Living Organisms
Print publication date: 06/06/2023
Online publication date: 06/06/2023
Acceptance date: 06/06/2023
Place Published: Basel, Switzerland
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