1/09/2012

Essay: Materiality: Biological Architecture. Living Membranes | Zbigniew Oksiuta

An essay on materiality to start this new week is Biological Architecture. Living Membranes by Zbigniew Oksiuta. I post an abstract of this interesting essay:
Summary In a world created by human beings, machines, instruments and buildings are hard structures, dead objects. They represent our mechanical view of the universe. The research presented here aims at creating conditions for development of a biological, living habitat. It examines dynmaic systems that transfer information and energy through a liquid medium is needed. Using biological polymers as building material, the author has develop liquid, jelly-like, and rigid shapes and membranes on a human scale under different gravity conditons, 1 g on the Earth surface, relative weightlessness under water, and 0 g in space. 
Introduction — In a world created by human beings, machines, instruments and buildings are hard structures, dead objects. They represent our mechanical view of the universe. Although in the language of civilization, we continue to talk about growth and development, these terms "have nothing to do with the natural processes of development. Nothing grows here; rather the dead materials are used to produce dead objects. Their common feature is that they are not alive."
The fundamental things about the biological world are processes of self-organization. These processes can only take place in an unstable matter that enables free movement of molecules. Such matter is provided by water. All living organisms rise and develop in water medium as pneumatics i.e. as dynamic systems enclosed by membrane and filled with protoplasm. Genetically controlled, they change their shape and size; they grow and reproduce.

More: Here.

Who's he
Zbigniew Oksiuta is working on a vision of a Biological Habitat. This research has primarily to do with membranes, self-organization and gravitation. The aim of this research is an extracted one-men universal biological self-replicating system. This systems could have various sizes: a size a cell, a pill, a fruit, a house, and even biosphere, and could exist in different surroundings: on earth, under the water and in space.

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