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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
PROTOCELL
ARCHITECTURE
GUEST-EDITED BY
NEIL SPILLER AND
RACHEL ARMSTRONG
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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
VOL 81, NO 2
MARCH/APRIL 2011
ISSN 0003-8504
PROFILE NO 210
ISBN 978-0470-748282
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GUEST-EDITED BY
NEIL SPILLER AND
RACHEL ARMSTRONG
PROTOCELL ARCHITECTURE
IN THIS ISSUE
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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
EDITORIAL
Helen Castle
6 ABOUT THE GUEST-EDITORS
Neil Spiller and
Rachel Armstrong
8 SPOTLIGHT
Visual highlights of the issue
r| INTRODUCTION
Its a Brand New Morning
Neil Spiller and
Rachel Armstrong
a6 Structure and the Synthesis of Life
Martin Hanczyc
| Dening New
Architectural Design
Principles with Living
Inorganic Materials
Leroy Cronin
Cronin pioneers a fundamentally
new approach to materials, scaling
up from the nanoscale.
EDITORIAL BOARD
Will Alsop
Denise Bratton
Paul Brislin
Mark Burry
Andr Chaszar
Nigel Coates
Peter Cook
Teddy Cruz
Max Fordham
Massimiliano Fuksas
Edwin Heathcote
Michael Hensel
Anthony Hunt
Charles Jencks
Bob Maxwell
Jayne Merkel
Peter Murray
Mark Robbins
Deborah Saunt
Leon van Schaik
Patrik Schumacher
Neil Spiller
Michael Weinstock
Ken Yeang
Alejandro Zaera-Polo
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y8 Soil and Protoplasm:
The Hylozoic Ground project
Philip Beesley and
Rachel Armstrong
o Authorship at Risk: The
Role of the Architect
Dan Slavinsky
|| Dream a Little Dream
Mark Morris
o An Architectural Chemistry
Omar Khan
6o Protocells: The Universal Solvent
Neil Spiller
68 How Protocells Can Make
Stuff Much More Interesting
Rachel Armstrong
ro6 Back to the Future
Paul Preissner
rra Line Array: Protocells as
Dynamic Structure
IwamotoScott Architecture
(Lisa Iwamoto)
raa AVATAR and the Politics of
Protocell Architecture
Nic Clear
ra8 COUNTERPOINT
Bettering Biology?
Bill Watts
roo Proto-Design: Architectures
Primordial Soup and the Quest
for Units of Synthetic Life
Neri Oxman
Oxman explores how material properties
are a potent intermediary for the built
environment.
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PROFILE NO 210
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