Urban Species

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The physical world and our bodies act as constraints on the spaces we design, build and use. As process and product, the project underlying this paper is a human-imposed spatial design solution and environment. But as concept, it has some degree of independency or autonomy. It seeks for its own unique identity, crossing natural and man-made patterns. What kinds of space and place can code be designed to make? Or in other words, can the new computational technologies, interpreting the nature’s processes, significantly change the role of design in the futures of space conception? This paper will present an urban project proposed for Luanda city outskirts, dealing with specific geographic conditions, common in semi-arid climates,
contributing for the idea of a native functional urban development. This proposal intends to create a model able to translate social and cultural particularities of being African, using material systems inspired in singularities observed in African biological diversity as source of inspiring forms and shapes. The complexity of Nature’s shapes is built up by modulated repetition of a few basic types of structure. The exploration of biological entities, like the African Anophelines Larvae, as an information source from the viewpoint of evolution, differentiation and self-organization of geometries and shapes was used as a metaphor for the development of this “Urban Species” dwelling project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th EAAE/ARCC International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 15-18 June 2016
EditorsManuel Couceiro da Costa, Filipa Roseta, Joana Pestana Lages, Susana Couceiro da Costa
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781315226255
ISBN (Print)9781138029668, 9781138056817
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventArchitectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges: 10th International Conference on Architectural Research - FAUL Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 15 Jun 201618 Jun 2016


ConferenceArchitectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges


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