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Emergence is an important new concept in artificial intelligence, information theory, digital technology, economics, climate studies, material science and biometric engineering.

It is a development which is set to inform not only the construction of buildings, but also the composition of new materials. As a new science, coupled with material and technological innovations, it is set to enter architecture into a new phase of transition.

This book presents an account of related developments in artificial intelligence and evolutionary computation, and shows how these developments are being incorporated into new architectures.

  • This book marks the introduction of a new topic in design
  • Includes high quality CAD images
  • Accompanies a travelling exhibition, showing in Oslo and Copenhagen
  • Includes interviews with Frei Otto and a review of the Advanced Geometry Group at Ove Arup and Partners


Michael Hensel, Achim Menges and Michael Weinstock are co-cirectors of the Emergent Technologies programme at the Architectural Association Graduate School in London. Michael Hensel is a partner in the experimental award-winning practice Ocean NORTH and Michael Weinstock is Master of Technical Studies at the Architectural Association. The activities of the newly Emergent Technologies programme has already attracted considerable interest internationally with their launch exhibition at the Architectural Association in March 2003. CORUS, British Steel, have also confirmed a commitment to sponsoring the unit’s research. The publication  is planned to co-incide with a travelling exhibition that will help to promote the issue.


Editorial (Helen Castle).

Emergence in Architecture The Emergence and Design Group,

Morphogenesis and the Mathematics of Emergence (Michael Weinstock,).

Frei Otto in Conversation with the Emergence and Design Group.

Finding Exotic Form: An Evolution of Form Finding as a Design Method (Michael Hensel).

Types, Style and Phylogenesis Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera Polo of Foreign Office Architects in conversation with the Emergence and Design Group.

Fit Fabric: Versatility Through Redundancy and Differentiation The Emergence and Design Group.

Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life in Architecture: Exploring the Potential of Generative and Genetic Algorithms as Operative Design Tools (Dr Una-May O'Reilly, Martin Hemberg and Achim Menges).

Drunk in an Orgy of Technology (Professor Chris Wise).

Engineering Design: Working with Advanced Geometries Charles Walker of Arup & Partners in conversation with the Emergence and Design Group.

Manufacturing Complexity Johann Sischka of Waagner Biro in conversation with the Emergence and Design Group.

Morpho-Ecologies: Approaching Complex Environments (Achim Menges).

Biodynamics Professor (George Jeronimidis).


Interior Eye Retail in the Dumpster (Craig Kellogg).

Building Profile The Kunsthaus at Graz (Jeremy Melvin).

Practice Profile Dale Jones-Evans (Leon van Schaik).

Engineering Exegesis Blurring the Lines: The Chesa Futura (Andre Chaszar).

From Political Reportage to Prêt-à-Porter (Eleanor Curtis).

Book Reviews.

Supercrit #1 and #2 (Samanths Hardingham).

Book Club.

Site Lines: A Sort of Homecoming: The Art Gallery of Ontario (Sean Stanwick).