Symbiogenesis Paper

Symbiotic Evolution in the Architecture of R&Sie Architects

The incorporation of mechanical systems for environmental management into the structure of architecture developed rapidly around in the beginning of the 20th century. Architectural historian Reyner Banham argued that this incorporation posed two sets of problems/opportunities for architecture.   Changes in the form of buildings were enforced by the spatial needs of the new equipment as well as facilitated by the ability to discard structural techniques for environmental management.    In an attempt to incorporate biological systems into any architectural work identical problems/opportunities exist.  As with the creation of plant rooms and smokestacks for the coal fired boiler systems of the 1900s, new spaces must be programmed into buildings to accommodate biological systems.   Biological systems also carry the potential to alter the forms of the built environment.  The incorporation of the biological into the architectural is best understood through the biological concept of symbiosis.  The potential for radical formal innovation as a result of the incorporation of biological systems into the built environment can be observed in the work of R&Sie architects.

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