Hensel, M., Menges, A., Weinstock M.: 2010. Emergent Technologies and Design. Routledge, Oxford. (ISBN 978-0415493437)
Traditional architecture starts from the premise that architectural structures are singular
and fixed and, however well integrated, are separate from their environment and context.
Emergence requires that the opposite is true â€“ that those structures are complex energy
and material systems that have a lifespan, exist as part of an environment of other active
systems, and develop in an evolutionary way.
This book, based on the authorsâ€™ internationally renowned Emergent Technologies
and Design course at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London,
introduces a new approach to the practice of architecture. The authors use essays and
projects to demonstrate the interrelationship of concepts such as emergence and selforganisation with the latest technologies in design, manufacturing and construction.
With projects from their course, and critiques and commentary from some of the worldâ€™s
leading design theorists and practitioners, the authors of Emergent Technologies and
Design have introduced a radical new way of understanding the way in which architecture
is conceived, designed and produced.