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What is Biotech architecture?

Biotech architecture is not a style. It is a computer-centred process of architectural design, production and use.

Biotech architecture combines global technologies with local responses to site and social conditions.

Biotech architecture is information-based, not form-based. It does not prescribe what a building should look like, but how it should behave. Bio-tech architecture uses smart technologies to achieve a dynamic, interactive relationship between a building, its users and the environment. In the near future, smart materials will be used to help achieve the same result.

Biotech architecture aims for customized design from the molecular level to the rooftop!

Biotech architecture is self-organizing. It is not a fixed or final product, but is more like a biological organism which continuously learns about itself and its surroundings, adapting to changing conditions and improving its own performance.

Diversity is as important to Bio-Tech architecture as bio-diversity is to nature.

Biotech architectural design is a total design approach with continuous feedback from the production process to the design process and vice versa.

Biotech architectural design is multi-disciplinary and network-based. It involves co-ordinating a number of simultaneous dialogues with different people in different locations using complementary skills, covering all aspects of design, production and use, including clients and future users wherever possible.

The heart of the Bio-Tech design process is the virtual prototype, which is both a design and communications medium. Used together with rapid prototyping and associated virtual reality technologies, Bio-Tech architecture actively encourages full and open participation in design.

Biotech architecture demands radical changes in education and practice!

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