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Tuesday, August 4 • 14:00 - 14:30
Biodiversity 0.2 – a Smart Invertebrate or Computing the Wild Life City in the Anthropocene

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The paper presents one part of the series and research project ‘Socio-Ecological Systems: advancing tools, language, and architecture for designing the gestaltung of systems’, with emphasis on the Anthropocene, human habitat and urban ecologies. The subject complements ‘Architectural Ecologies – code, culture and technology at the convergence’ (EMCSR 2014), concepts of material and social behavior based on structural organization as decision-making parameters for urban design strategies in the cyborgian city (IS4IS 2015) and a critical vision of the hacked body, equipped with super-smart bio-digital material triggering a fundamental change of its role as humanoid cyborg in a conversing environment (Digital Bauhaus Summit 2015).

 “Biodiversity 0.2 – a smart invertebrate or computing the wild life city in the Anthropocene” suggests design principles for creating a future habitat for all species, including organic, human, animal and computational devices. The latter describing a rather novel and advancing typology.

The concept of biodiversity has emerged strongly during the hippiesque and technophil 1970s, featuring the birth of the Urban Ecology movement, the era of the ‘Whole Earth Catalogue’ (1968) hand in hand with Buckminster Fuller’s ‘Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth’ (1969) and the beginning of extra-terrestrial travel where punch-cards described the interface for a new, a digital human condition (Apollo 11). Biodiversity furthered itself globally with its political advent in November 1988, when the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts on Biological Diversity followed by the CBD (UN Convention on Biological Diversity) entering into force into December 1993.

At that stage the Anthropocene had been in full bloom; Government policies and regulations, educational strategies and infrastructural development have echoed and followed suit by addressing urban environments through implementing gardens and advancing bicycle paths in the city, prohibiting vehicles that emit polluting substances and generally fostering wild life in the city. And while decision-making bodies still focused on their exclusive and separate fields of expertise, developments in information and communication technology advanced to an interdisciplinary extend, breeding big data that has become too big to house or handle, creating the Internet of things that requires structuring and cultivating a culture in which participative design and open source information have become as usual as conversations between humans and machines.

The paper suggests that biodiversity can and must go further than the mere implementation of discrete spaces fostering nature in urban environments or the monitoring of natural habitat using digital devices, but a full integration into the material world. Natural organisms own an enormous amount of intelligence that we as humans have not yet understood. Principles suggested include an emergent information and living ecology based on biological performance merged with man-made technologies while keeping an eye on a bio-intelligent socio-ecological system design. The aim is to design systems where biological performance, bio-intelligence and an information network society can complement each others and understand the collaboration systemically, rather than individual and discrete.   

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Mag. Stefan Blachfellner

SIG Chair: Socio-Ecological Systems and Design, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science

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Prof. Liss C. Werner

Principal, Architect, Tactile Architecture - office für Systemarchitektur
Prof. Liss C. Werner is a registered architect based in Berlin and founder of Tactile Architecture – Office for SystemArchitektur.  She is adj. assoc. Professor at Taylor’s University near Kuala Lumpur, Dr. phil. [abd] and  George N. Pauly, Jr. Fellow 2012/13, visiting professor... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Copenhagen 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

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