Architectural ecologies: code, culture and technology at the convergence


Liss C. Werner (DIA, Dessau Architecture Graduate School; Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Tactile Architecture, Berlin) Andrea Rossi (Temporary Autonomous Architecture, Vienna) Lila PanahiKazemi (Temporary Autonomous Architecture, Hamburg)


  • Paper presentations (20 min, keynote 45 min)
  • Conversations
  • Exhibition

Call for papers

It is the basic characteristic of every organic system that it maintains itself in a state of perpetual change of its components. This we find at all levels of biological organisations. Bertalanffy, 1968 Architectural Ecologies: Code, Culture and Technology at the Convergence operates on the architectural interface between system theory, computation and biology, focusing on processes that are described as an alloy of technology, ecology and culture. The symposium opens a discussion on urbanity-systems, defined as coded, self-organising organisms structurally based on circular observation, feedback and learning, to a field of experts that can empower the discipline through a dynamic exchange within system theory. Since in C21 virtual and material reality merge and take on the form of code, architecture challenges the development of its own expertise at the understanding and description of structures as systems (living and non-living, virtual and material) in a spatial-temporal evolution. A critical understanding of this construct is required to enable the design of design strategies for apparent complexity. Therefore the debate targets the deep impact of system theory as culture, and simultaneously describes a frame for post- digital, namely biological, tools to become an element that allows for the understanding of urban and natural systems as a whole. The symposium invites contributions in form of:

  • presentation only;
  • exhibition and presentation; or
  • exhibition only, featuring simulations of biological/ecological models of spatial self-organizational nature as application of systems theory in cultural dynamics.

References: Guattari, F. (2000), ‘The Three Ecologies’ Lotman, Y. (transl. 2005) ‘On the Semiosphere, Sign Systems Studies’ Nicholas, N. (1995), ‘Being Digital’ Negroponte, N. (1975), ‘The Architecture Machine’, ‘The Soft Architecture Machine’ Pask, G. (1969), ‘The Architectural Relevance of Cybernetics’ Reiser + Umemoto, (2006), ‘Atlas of Novel Tectonics’ Spiller, N. on the concept of “Post-Digital Architecture” Üxkuell and the concept of “Umwelt” Werner. L. C., ed. (2013), ‘[En]Coding Architecture – the book’ 

Target groups

Scholars, researchers and practitioners from all disciplines aiming at an interdisciplinary approach within the above-mentioned fields. We do encourage participants to furnish a discourse that crosses boundaries of analogue-digital emergence.