From 7th to 11th February the city of Barcelona – as one of the most important centres for knowledge, research and experimentation in Europe – is hosting the Biennial of City and Science: an open event in which academics, researchers, educators and scientists with the aim of enhancing citizen participation and discussion engagement.

Is scientific knowledge accessible to all? What are the limits of scientific progress? What dilemmas arise from the link between science, the market and the authorities? How can we ensure that everything that is publicly invested in science is useful for progress and social transformation?

THE CITY AS A LIVING ORGANISM

LIVING ARCHITECTURE

“Living Architecture” is a discipline that researches and designs sustainable solutions for the natural environment with advanced technologies such as synthetic biology, engineering of living systems and also intelligent chemistry. It aims to develop environments built with qualities close to life (they can evolve, learn and respond), friendly and empathetic to those who inhabit it and to address the imbalance between the waste it produces and the resources its environment lacks.

IAAC Academic Director Areti Markopoulou will be in charge of moderating the discussions on “Living Architecture” during Barcelona’s Biennial of City and Science, and will count on two prestigious experts on this field as speakers: Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University, and Michael Weinstock, Founder and a Director of the Emergent Technologies and Design programme in the Graduate School of the Architectural Association in London.

This interesting talk aims at showing a general audience how a new type of architectural practice is allowing cities to behave more like an evolutionary ecosystem, mitigating at the same time the consequences of climate change.

  • Time: 7th February (19:30 – 21:00)
  • Venue: CCCB
  • Speakers: Rachel Armstrong & Michael Weinstock
  • Moderated by: Areti Markopoulou
  • Language: English

ARETI MARKOPOULOU – MODERATOR

RACHEL ARMSTRONG – SPEAKER

MICHAEL WEINSTOCK – SPEAKER