Structures that breathe, shake, and die: Philip Beesley at TEDxUW
Philip Beesley is an architect, a three-time TEDx speaker, and a leader in furthering the spellbinding, new concept of “living architecture.” In his talk at TEDxUW in Canada, "Building living architecture," he explains some of the processes behind his work creating "living" structures, which include using protocells to create "self-generating skins" for buildings, fitting cellphone vibrators to suspended "bladders" that shake and mimic the movements of the Earth’s floor, and employing microprocessors to enable materials to track human movement and quiver and contract in response.
Below, watch his entire talk, which provides more insight into the creation of these sculptural installations that respond to stimuli, interact with surroundings, grow, and die:
Above, images from two of his installations — the latest, Radiant Soil, which is part of the ALIVE / EN VIE exhibition at Espace EDF Fondation and will be on display until September 1, 2013, and Endothelium, which displayed at the UCLA Art|Sci Center + Lab 2008 Symposium.
(Photos: © PBAI and © PBAI - Radiant Soil - ALIVE/EN VIE, Espace EDF - Paris, France - 2013)