Rachel Armstrong is hitting home. I was talking about biomemetics in architecture as way of self organizing cells (and repairing them self.) She also talks about metabolic materials. Not far off from what was proposed in the Inhabitable Organism (our METABOLISM!!!!)
Rachel Armstrong is not an architect. She is a medical doctor, multi-media producer, science fiction author and arts collaborator. Through her current research that explores architectural design and mythologies about new technology, she has been working with scientists and architects to explore cutting-edge, sustainable technologies.
Though I don't see her idea's too far off or "futuristic", Armstrong believes cities will be able to replace the energy they draw from the environment, respond to the needs of their populations and eventually regarded as "living" similar to parks or gardens. (I guess she was a big fan of Ecotopia as well....) This is also similar to point others have made about Open Source Urbanism (as the natural world can be considered as open source... let's think about mulit-poos.)
"Scientists need to work outside their own areas of expertise to make new technologies that are pertinent to the 21st century and to collaborate, both with other scientific disciplines and the arts and humanities."Rachel Armstrong
(I KNOW RIGHT?!)