Professor Rachel Armstrong
Professor of Experimental Architecture
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44(0)191 2085752
- Address: School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. She is also a 2010 Senior TED Fellow who is establishing an alternative approach to sustainability that couples with the computational properties of the natural world to develop a 21st century production platform for the built environment, which she calls 'living' architecture.
Rachel has been frequently recognized as being a pioneer. She has recently been featured in interview for PORTER magazine, added to the 2014 Citizens of the Next Century List, by Future-ish, listed on the Wired 2014 Smart List. She is one of the 2013 ICON 50 and described as one of the ten people in the UK that may shape the UK’s recovery by Director Magazine in 2012. In the same year she was nominated as one of the most inspiring top nine women by Chick Chip magazine and featured by BBC Focus Magazine’s in 2011 in ‘ideas that could change the world’.
I am coordinator for a Horizon 2020 Future Emerging Technologies Open award for the LIAR project (LIving Architecture) that runs from 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2019.
The project aims to design programmable ecosystems for buildings. Imagine that you have a unit in your home that is rather like a water boiler, except it doesn’t use fossil fuels but the metabolisms (the chemical burning) of living things to generate its outputs. What kinds of things could we ask such a system do? This is what we're asking our ‘living’ architecture - an installation that contains tiny ecosystems of hard working organisms that are performing particular useful tasks. For example, we are giving them the specific challenge of cleaning up grey water and seeing if they can reclaim phosphate, or salvage valuable products from our waste. Perhaps we can even encourage them to make new substances like next generation detergents, which are less harmful to the environment than existing ones.
- Armstrong R. Design everywhere: Design is everywhere! From cells to cities. Journal of Undergraduate Research Students 2016, 3(1), 3-7.
- Armstrong R. Design Hydromancy. Organs Everywhere 2017, (5), 100-107.
- Adamatzky A, Allard O, Jones J, Armstrong R. Evaluation of French motorway network in relation to slime mould transport networks. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 2017, 44(2), 364-383.
- Armstrong R, Hughes R. Handbook of the Unknowable. 2016. Trondheim: TEKS, Book.
- Adamatzky A, Armstrong R, Jones J, Gunji Y. On creativity of slime mould. In: Adamatzky,A, ed. Advances in Physarum Machines. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp.813-830.
- Armstrong R, Hughes R. Persephone. Journal of Undergraduate Research Students 2016, 3(1), 28-37.
- Adamatzky A, Armstrong R, Costello BDL, Jones J. Physarum imitates exploration and colonisation of planets. In: Andrew Adamatzky, ed. Advances in Physarum Machines. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp.395-410.
- Armstrong R. Pooka: Radical creativity and the edge of perception. Organs Everywhere 2017, (5), 46-49.
- Armstrong R. The Ecological Being: Anandgram and the Expanded Leprous Body. Architecture and Culture 2016, 4(2), 249-261.
- Armstrong R. The oceanic pedagogical sketchbook of multi-materiality. In: Kostas Grigoriadis, ed. Mixed Matters: A Multi-Material Design Compendium. Berlin: Jovis Verlag GmbH, 2016, pp.18-29.
- Armstrong R. An experimental approach towards characterizing Architectural Ecologies. Systema 2015, 3(2), 91-113.
- Armstrong R. Embodied intelligence: changing expectations in building performance. Intelligent Buildings International 2016, 8(1), 4-23.
- Armstrong R. How Protocells Will Create the Next Wonders of the World. The Technology of Us. TeleTech, 2015. Available at: http://technologyofus.com/armstrong-protocells/.
- Armstrong R. Informed Speculation: An ill-tempered foundation for Venice. Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 2015. Available at: http://www.arpajournal.net/informed-speculation/.
- Armstrong R. Innovation and Technical Transformations in Living Technology: An Entanglement of Agentised Matter, ANT, and Natural Computing. International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation 2015, 7(1), 18-42.
- Adamatzky A, Armstrong R, De Lacy Costelllo B, Deng V, Jones J, Mayne R, Schubert T, Sirakoulis G, Zhang X. Slime mould analogue models of space exploration and planet colonization. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society 2015, 67(07-09), 290-304.
- Armstrong R, ed. Space Architecture. British Interplanetary Society, 2015.
- Armstrong R. Vibrant Architecture: Matter as a CoDesigner of Living Structures. Berlin: De Gruyter Open, 2015.
- Armstrong R. After Machines: An Ecological Age of Space Exploration. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society 2014, 67(07-09), 279-289.
- Armstrong R. Designing with Protocells: Applications of a Novel Technical Platform. Life 2014, 4(3), 457-490.
- Armstrong R. Potent Matter: The Dynamic Chemistries of Hylozoic Ground. In: Beesley, P, ed. Near Living Architectures. Ontario, Canada: Riverside Architectural Press, 2014, pp.45-63.
- Armstrong R. Space is an Ecology for Living In. Architectural Design 2014, 84(6), 128-133.
- Armstrong R. Soft Living Architecture: An alternative view of bio-informed design practice. London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2018. In Preparation.
- Armstrong R, Ferracina S, Hughes R. Liquid Life. New York: Punctum, 2018. In Preparation.
- Armstrong R. Experimental Architecture. Routledge, 2017. In Preparation.
- Armstrong RA. From Hell to Babel: Creating Value in the Ecocene. Journal Of Biourbanism 2017, V(1-2), 187-199.
- Armstrong R, Hughes R. Interstellar Research Methodologies. In: Professor Rachel Armstrong, ed. Star Ark: A Living Self-Sustaining Spaceship. Chichester, UK: Springer/Praxis, 2017, pp.446-485.
- Armstrong R, Ferracina S, Caldwell G, Ieropoulos I, Rimbu G, Adamatzky A, Phillips N, De Lucrezia D, Imhof B, Hanczyc MM, Nogales J, Garcia J. Living Architecture (LIAR): Metabolically engineered building units. In: Heisel, F; Hebel, D, ed. Cultivated Building Materials: Industrialized Natural Resources for Architecture and Construction. Berlin, Germany: Birkhauser, 2017, pp.170-177.
- Armstrong R, Ferracina S, Kakalis C, Hughes R. Notating not knowing: The oceanic challenge to format and medium. Edinburgh Architectural Research 2017, 35. In Press.
- Armstrong R. Star Ark: A Living Self-Sustaining Spaceship. Chichester, UK: Springer/Praxis, 2017.
- Armstrong R. Design scrying: an alternative aesthetics for synthetic biology. Architectural Research Quarterly 2016, 20, 29-38.
- Armstrong RA, Hughes R. Persephone. In: Feireiss,L, ed. Planet B : 100 Ideas for a New World = Planet B : 100 Ideen für eine neue Welt. Dusseldorf: NRW Forum; Buchhandlung Walther König, 2016, pp.30-33.
- Armstrong RA. Origamy. NewCon Press, 2018. In Press.
- Armstrong RA, Ferracina S, Hughes R. Designing with demons: In search of Living Bricks in Estonia. A workshop at TTU Academy of Architecture and Urban Studies by the Experimental Architecture Group (Rachel Armstrong, Simone Ferracina, Rolf Hughes) with Kristi Grisakov. Tallinn, Estonia: EU, Newcastle University, TTU, East Kultuurkapital, 2017.
- Armstrong RA. Liquid. In: Nienke Scholts, ed. 100 Day House. Amsterdam: Veem House for Performance, 2017. In Preparation.