Shopping for Ingredients

Within the process of any project it is imperative to ground concepts with research. Looking at Theory, History or Contemporary concepts gives a new dimension to one's work. During the Christmas break it was lovely to just gather books together and collect my thoughts and those of others.
Of the phrases typed into the Library's search engine the most popular were: landscape, viral landscape, bio-morphism, biomechanics, evolutionary architecture, evolving, war, conflict, hybrid...

This waterfall of reading yielded some standout literature.

Frazer, John. An Evolutionary Architecture. Architectural Association Press. London. 1994.
John and Julia Frazer's experiments at the AA were published in An Evolutionary Architecture. AD magazine had some further articles on the Groningen Experiment, a mid 90's testing for the capabilities of computers to assist with "lazy" [Frazer's term, not mine!] architecture. Taking cues from natural selection, DNA & its creation, they applied several rules to their design. In the case of the Groningen Experiment, the logic of science was applied to the urban planning for the city of Groningen.
Basically they thought of allowing the fabric of the city to grow organically through what they termed data-structure. The Frazers conceived the data-structure as a set of points in space through which information is passed locally from neighbor to neighbor.
The Urban nature would evolve via this pattern: [the chart below was interpreted parallel to the readings].
This method proved an interesting possibility within the concept of viral landscape; in order to determine how the landscape would change, dissemination of said virus, etc. Using logic such as the Frazer’s data-structure and urban design pattern could lead to a mapping within the cliff, forest & swamp. Aside from a mapping, the ideas they ascribed to the growing urbanism can by similarly transferred to how the organism would operate. The Keeper is the evolver, the Instigator is the enabler; both governed by methods of control in the case of the Groningen Experiment they are a genetic algorithm [which solves replication] and a neural network [providing checks and balances within an environment]. Hence, an understanding of the technology-machination behind the Keeper/Instigator is necessary.

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