Mar 5, 2013

graham thompson synthetic ecologies

Project Information

Synthetic Sustainability - Bio Farm, Turin
(Biological systems research facility)

Research topic : observation of synthetic biology and living technologies as a way of optimizing biological systems and improving a more sustainable architecture.

Formal intent : examining mutational and evolutionary change in plants to generate morphological and emergent structures that underpin natural processes to generate an architectural form. Concentrating on the morphological outcomes which are being used to generate more sustainable architectures by way of drawing inspiration from biological techniques.

Scheme : A proposal for a biotech centre containing a biofuel production facility exploring new ways of breeding strains of algae to produce a sustainable biofuel which can be employed into the depleting fossil fuel market. The overall scheme concept is that the centre will be self sustainable by way of producing its own energy, recycling waste so as not to contaminate surrounding water supplies and technologically exacerbate natural resources by way of mechanical, robotic components throughout. Thus creating a predominantly robotically controlled environment agriculture to create a sterile buffer.
igital species - hyperbodied cell strucure : internal assemblage of the necessary mechanics [infusing of the high-tech]

info : natural movement of genes between species, often called horizontal gene transfer or lateral gene transfer can occur because of gene transfer mediated by natural processes. The gene movement between species has been widely detected during genetic investigation of various natural mobile genetic elements, such as transposons and retrotransposons that naturally translocate to new sites in a genome and often move to new species over an evolutionary time scale. There are many types of natural mobile DNA's which have been detected abundantly in crop foods such as rice. Production of transgenic plants in wide-crosses by plant breeders has been a vital aspect of conventional plant breeding for about half a century. Without it, security of our food supply against losses caused by crop pests. The first historically recorded interspecies transgenic cereal hybrid was between wheatr and rye.

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