Dennis Dollens's research while affiliated with Universitat Internacional de Catalunya and other places

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Between realms of cellular life, city occupation and technology, AnneMarie Maes's Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive project and Dennis Dollens's metabolic architectures share a theoretical lineage and form-finding curiosity, subscribing to the view that species' intelligence and their built environments can contribute to experimental art and architectu...
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To incorporate metabolic, bioremedial functions into the performance of buildings and to balance generative architecture's dominant focus on computational programming and digital fabrication, this text first discusses hybridizing Maturana and Varela's biological theory of autopoiesis with Andy Clark's hypothesis of extended cognition. Doing so esta...
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Alan Turing decoded nature in drawings and algorithmic programming. His botanical decryptions helped situate synthetic AI/ALife processes in digital realms now encompassing algorithmic simulation. These little-known drawings prompted the author’s analysis via Maturana and Varela’s theory of autopoiesis because of its emphasis on self-organization a...
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One vision for grafting biological performance into buildings includes inventing, growing, and synthesizing biological attributes for architectural life—thinking of architecture as metabolically evolved nature/culture. This requires a parallel strategy fostering collaborations between design, biology, art, horticulture, e-plant simulation, syntheti...
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The Cathedral as an animation with implications for genetic architecture and strategies for design-biomimetics, this article argues (with experimental illustrations) for the use of animation in architectural research that is consistent with software visualization and fully capable of contributing to the design-thinking process. Repudiating the use...

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... Nathaniel Virgo and I have previously argued that such systems include not only hurricanes but also machines built and maintained by humans (McGregor & Virgo, 2009). This could be seen as an argument for drawing the cognitive line at 'self-maintaining' systems, while interpreting this liberally to include systems such as cellular automaton gliders (Beer, 2004), hurricanes and photocopiers (McGregor & Virgo, 2009), buildings (Dollens, 2015), or the law (Teubner, 1993). However, I think farfrom-equilibrium survival functions better as a definition of liveliness (Schro¨dinger, 1944) than of cognition. ...
... Discussion of radical science/technology or politically charged issues surrounding environmental, urban and/or artistic practice is not unusual in Leonardo [10]. Here we establish a context in past and present political action, theory and history while looking forward in our work to interfacing biology, technology and cognition. ...
... A maquete e o desenho são fundamentais no processo de desenvolvimento de projetos, ampliando a compreensão de problemas projetuais e possíveis soluções (PINA; FILHO; MARANGONI, 2011;RYDER, 2002;ROCHA, 2007). As diferentes formas de representação, cada uma com vantagens e desvantagens, auxiliam no entendimento dos problemas Essa dinamicidade é uma questão crítica de ser adequadamente explorada e representada com as ferramentas consagradas de desenho e maquetes (LYNN, 1999;DOLLENS, 2006). Sendo a animação a produção de um filme, no qual cada fotografia é pensada individualmente, torna-se possível analisar as dinâmicas que ocorrem no espaço da representação. ...