Asya Ilgun – Many Worlds of an Architectural Model

Digital-Physical-Biological Computation for Designing Living Artefacts

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The lecture will be in English.

Asya Ilgun is an architect, computational designer and researcher. Her main territory of “research by design” is framed as novel ways of using additive manufacturing (in particular deposition based) technologies to make new types of structures that breed the questioning of architectural boundaries, supporting the dual occupancy of humans and other living organisms. Asya acquired her Masters within the programme CITAstudio: “Computation in Architecture,” at KADK in June 2016. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate within the Doctoral Programme of Engineering Sciences and the Diploma Programme of Architecture, Institute of Architecture and Media, University of Technology Graz and doing her research in the Artificial Life Lab, University of Graz. Her role in this group is to think of the material interfaces where biology and technology merge. Currently, she is a PhD candidate within the design, material and fabrication track of the H2020 FET_PROACTIVE research project HIVEOPOLIS - a technologically enhanced housing for Honeybees. She is interested in varied scales of design prototyping, machine programming, data visualisation to broader architectural concept development and public communication via Maker Platforms.

Description of the talk: 

Architecture’s aspiration has always been the comfort and wellbeing of mankind in protected environments. A healthy environment for all living organisms means a sustained flow of biological, chemical and social resources that are necessary for wellbeing. Microorganisms play a big role in this sustenance. They sustain the vitality and wellbeing along with death and decomposition of living matter. With a more synthetic approach to biology, technology, and design, we can now guide microorganisms towards various physical states and exploit their metabolic capacities to sense and respond to their surroundings. This way, we may achieve a variety of environmental and architectural goals while still preserving natural resources in their original ecosystems. In this talk, we'll look at a study case for creating biologically responsive habitats that incorporate digital, physical, and biological processes using a hybrid construction method.