IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute lecture focuses on sustainable 'living architecture'

  • Oct. 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS -- An award-winning innovator who is calling for the use of "living architecture" to build our homes and cities will lecture at an event sponsored by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Rachel Armstrong will discuss "The Technology of Nature" from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the DeBoest Lecture Hall of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Armstrong's research for sustainable building solutions involves the creation of metabolic building materials that have the properties of living systems and that therefore could be placed into nature and manipulated into "growing" architecture.

"I believe that the only way that it is possible for us to construct genuinely sustainable homes and cities is by connecting them to nature, not insulating them from it," Armstrong said in a 2009 TED speech titled "Architecture that repairs itself?"

Armstrong is co-director of AVATAR -- Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research -- in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture, Design & Construction, University of Greenwich, London. She is also a senior TED Fellow and visiting research assistant at the Centre for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark.

An online order form for free tickets to Armstrong's lecture is available online.

Rachel Armstrong

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