‘Living’ Fuels - Talk by Rachel Armstrong at SEAM Exhibition

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The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers

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Newcastle upon Tyne

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SEAM is delighted to welcome Professor Armstrong for her discussion of "living" fuels, and how selectively programmable bioreactors can revolutionise our mode of living.

How can harnessing the capacity for nature to ‘do work’, improve the way we inhabit our homes and cities? At Newcastle University, a range of ‘living’ technologies are being developed that directly apply the properties of microorganisms to solve particular problems such as, removing pollutants from wastewater. Although they cannot be seen individually by the naked eye, when working together, colonies of these minuscule creatures can be used as ‘mini’ fabrication units and scaled to architectural dimensions. The Living Architecture project is an example of this kind of research, and is developing a model ‘living’ unit for domestic installation. Taking the form of a partition wall, it uses wastewater and urine, which is transformed by a series of microbes into an alternative source of electricity, and reclaim useful substances. The longer-term vision is that working with the ‘living’ fuels of microorganisms, our dependency on ‘dead’ fossil fuels like coal, can be severed and the healthy functioning of our environments restored.

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Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. Her work investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ which suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She is coordinator for the €3.2m Living Architecture project, which is an ongoing collaboration of experts that explores these principles and how they may be applied, from the universities of Newcastle, UK, the West of England (UWE Bristol), Trento, Italy, the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid, LIQUIFER Systems Group, Vienna, Austria and EXPLORA, Venice, Italy that began in April 2016 and runs to April 2019.

Twitter: @livingarchitect

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livingarchitect

N.B Accessibility to these workshops is limited due to stairs up to the exhibition/ workshop space. Please contact the venue before booking on 0191 232 2201, if you require assistance

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