Self-assembly Architectures

Alejandro Puentes Amezquita

Self-assembly occurs everywhere in nature. Can we use the principles of self-assembly as a design method to generate architectural forms? And would this approach enable us to better respond to environmental challenges in the future?


Think about a system of building blocks, a kind of LEGO set for nature, that follows the logic of physical phenomena, responds to its environment, and reconfigures itself until it reaches the most stable pattern. Such a system could be used to inform design decisions by revealing the natural forces that might affect architecture in a specific environment. Current self-assembly research seeks to design a shape in advance. This project embraces randomness and chance, and takes advantage of what would otherwise be considered errors. I imagine a future where using this autonomous design method, we will be able to develop an architecture that draws on and is nurtured by the logic of nature.