Event: Rachel Armstrong / On Liquid Life: Towards Microbial Architectures

Please join us on the 10th of March at 5:30 (Lecture Theatre B, David Hume Tower) for a lecture by experimental architect, visionary writer/thinker Rachel Armstrong. The talk, entitled On Liquid Life: Towards Microbial Architectures, will discuss Rachel’s pioneering work in the field of living architecture, and her vision for an ecological design paradigm.

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, United Kingdom. Her work explores the transition from an industrial era of architectural design to an ecological one. Combining a new materialist philosophy with a technical practice grounded in medicine and shaped by principles from the origins of life sciences, her interests are applied through the technology of living systems, where a better understanding and application of these principles may lead us to develop livelier and genuinely sustainable habitats. Working with matter at far from equilibrium states, her research spans multiple scales to establish how our buildings can incorporate some of the properties of living systems and so become ‘living architectures’. Having been coordinator for the 3.2M euro FET Open Living Architecture1 project (April 2016-June 2019) she now coordinates the Active Living Infrastructures: Controlled Environment (ALICE) EU Innovation Fund. Winner of the English Women’s Awards, North, for Services to Science and Technology, 2019, she has been profiled in the RIBA Journal, 2018, is a Rising Waters II Fellow with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (April-May 2016), a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society (2016), is a TWOTY futurist 2015, and a 2010 Senior TED Fellow. She is also a conceptual founder and Board Member of the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE), which is a collaboration between the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria and is the Founder of the Experimental Architecture Group whose work has been published and exhibited internationally.