Alive: Advancements in Adaptive Architecture

Alive: Advancements in Adaptive Architecture, edited by Manuel Kretzer and Ludger Hovestadt, will be published early September 2014 by Birkhäuser Architecture.


The book includes essays by Philip Beesley, Jason Bruges, Nicola Burggraf, Vera Bühlmann, Carole Collet, Martina Decker, Stefan Dulman, Alex Haw, Ludger Hovestadt, Tomasz Jaskiewicz, Branko Kolarevic, Manuel Kretzer, Oliver David Krieg, Areti Markopoulou, Achim Menges, Aurélie Mossé, Kas Oosterhuis, Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto, Steffen Reichert, Jose Sanchez, John Sarik

In times where the very concept of ’nature’ is questioned not only in its philosophical dimension, but in the core of its biological materiality, we need to reconsider the interrelations between architecture and nature. This not only applies to strategies on environmental responsibility but equally on anticipatory human behavior and cultural or demographic variety. To address these challenges this book proposes to embrace the unknown and cultivate the architectural discipline towards an integrated and cross-disciplinary practice. It unravels compelling innovative and forward-thinking design narratives by leading international practitioners and researchers who investigate novel associations between architecture, nature and humanity for a future, alive architecture. Structured around the three closely cross-linked core themes “bioinspiration”, “materiability”, and “intelligence” the book engages with the starting point of an emerging new design field, where the symbiosis of physics, biology, computing and design promises the redefinition of what we call architecture today.

Pages: 212
Illustrations: 40 b/w-illustrations, 25 colored illustrations
Format: 18.5 × 24.0 cm, Softcover
Price: EUR 39.95 / USD 56.00
ISBN: 978-3-99043-667-7 English