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Investigating the current groundswell of experiments and creativework that utilises design as a method to explore and manipulateactual biological material, Neoplasmatic Design presents the impactof emerging and progressive biological advances upon architecturaland design practice. The rapid development of innovative designapproaches in the realms of biology, microbiology, biotechnology,medicine and surgery has immense significance for architecture,being as important for their cultural and aesthetic impact as fortheir technical implications.
Featured architects include Peter Cook, Tobias Klein,Kol/Mac, Make, R&Sie(n), Neil Spiller and VenhoevenCS.
Longer contributions from medical practitioners,architects and artists: Rachel Armstrong, Marcos Cruz, AnthonyDunne, Nicola Haines, Steve Pike, Yukihiko Sugawara, and Oron Cattsand Ionat Zurr/SymbioticA.
Features international research projects undertaken atthe Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, the Royal College of Artin London, the University of Western Australia and the NagaokaInstitute of Design in Japan.
Marcos Cruz is a lecturer and tutor of Unit 20 at the BartlettSchool of Architecture, UCL, and a visiting lecturer and tutor ofDS10 at the University of Westminster. He is also a co–director ofmarcosandmarjan, a London–based office that combines practice andteaching of architecture with experimental design research. Hegained his diploma from the ESAP Porto, and a masters and PhDdegree from the Bartlett. His research and office work has beenpublished and exhibited widely, including at the São PauloBiennial in 2003, the Venice Biennale in 2004 and the iCP 2005. In2000 he was part of the design team for the Kunsthaus Grazcompetition with Peter Cook and Colin Fournier (first prize). He isco–editor of the publication Unit 20 (University of Valencia/ACTAR,2002) and co–author of Interfaces/Intrafaces, a monographicdocumentation of the work of marcosandmarjan(iCP/SpringerWienNewYork, 2005).
Steve Pike spent a number of years as a designer before hestudied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, receiving amasters degree in 2003. He continues to pursue his research,founding arColony (www.arcolony.com), a forum for experimentalarchitecture. His work has been included in a number ofpublications and international exhibitions. He is currentlypractising with Acanthus LW Architects in London.