Swarm Tectonics: a manifesto for an emergent architecture -Leach

This manifesto takes note of a trend in all academic fields, making use of discoveries made in the last century about biological systems to redefine modes of thinking. This trend is described as particularly prevalent in understanding structures of behaviour, the author suggests that this a significant paradigm shift for architecture. This shift would replace the classic, top down, closed system of static rules, that have governed architecture as it has been historically practiced. Rather, this manifesto foresees the rapid development of design methods that reflect bottom up development, informational feedback loops, pattern recognition, and indirect control. A much more reflexive and emergent type of formation, or form finding.

At the forefront of this trend, the author gives praise to the innovative interdisciplinary research performed at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. In Santa Fe they have developed a keen interest in ‘self-organising systems’. My first understanding of this was to imagine a system which has built up and become static, the way we construct things. The article emphasizes a flux that exists in theses systems, as they seek homeostasis.

  “interactive vectorial forces that operate within a network and not in isolation”.

This pattern of vectors reflected in systems is supported by the research of Eric Bonabeau, Marco Dorigo, Guy Theraulaz

This video is interesting because Bonabeau describes the potential latent in genetic algorithms(evolution) for iterative design and fitness testing.

“Humans are very good at designing things they can never understand” …

“Evolution is very good as finding parasites, identifying loopholes that parasites prey on”

Marco Dorigo’s swarmanoid is awesome.



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