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ARC: Matter and Ecologies

We interrogate many design-led approaches from biology, engineering, architecture, and creative arts practice.

We want to better understand the interrelationships between people, matter, and energy. This involves looking across many scales from the macro to the micro, within both natural and man-made ecologies. 

Our work on ‘Living Architecture’ exemplifies our approach. This includes:

  • the design
  • prototyping and deployment of active and responsive materials and systems
  • utilising unique facilities including both biological laboratories and large scale fabrication

At the macro scale we analyse flows, processes, and energetics of matter in complex spatial networks and ecologies.