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Co-Corporeality of Humans, Machines & Microbes

Co-Corporeality of Humans, Machines & Microbes

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Authors: Barbara Imhof, Daniela Mitterberger & Tiziano Derme. Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag, 2022.  ISBN: 9783035625851.  Format: Softcover, 235 x 170mm, 200pp.

The theory of co-corporeality is based on a conception of the built environment as a biological entity that opens up a space for coexistence and interaction between humans and microbial life. Based on design-led research, this book explores how we can develop environments for a multispecies world. It focuses on the agency of both human and nonhuman actors. New sensor tools enable observation of and interaction between these different actors. Co-Corporeality links microbiology to material science, artificial intelligence, and architecture. The focus is on how microbial activity can create new protoarchitectural materials, how living systems can be integrated into architecture and cooperate along different time scales.