As per before, her words will be in italics, while any annotations we place will be in regular type and color.
The idea is that over time, we create this artificial landscape. The architectural proposition is to take the stiletto off the city, which is literally these wood piles that support the weight of the architecture, on very soft delta soils, and replace those with architectural platform boots to attenuate some of the sinking which is caused by the weight of the buildings themselves but also, by the millions of tourists, who come through the city. Here we've worked with some architects who are proposing an ongoing relationship with between these technologies and the architecture, culture, where you can see the effects of the aqua ulta and evaporation and capillary action of the water carrying the protocells, creates stalacites underneath the bridges' side there, and then also incases in a rather organic way, some of the traditional structures within Venice, such as the poles where the gondolas moor.
So the idea in synthetic biology in this context is, can we use tools that operate at a cellular or a molecular level to start to orchestrate this procedure? You can see how changing this environment is. How challenging it is for a rigid machine to actually start to engage with these processes. How machines would not be sensitive to this ongoing turbulent environment. Whereas biology, actually can take some kind of hold.
Traube thought he'd actually looked at the first living imperatives that existed on chemical matter that was present in the earth, nothing really special. He had not gone and made a huge recipe. He was just looking at existing relationships.
For me, technology is not about creating machines. Technology has become equated with inventions of machines. Technology for me is about the embodiment of mind. It's the way that we realize our intentions through the material world. That's very much my view as to why I was interested in this material aspect of this investigation.
We need to actually have positive remedial interventions. Because zero impact is not going to do the job, is not going to create the positive change that is necessary for us to start cleaning up the mess that we've made throughout the last one hundred and fifty years with gusto. Also, these kinds of ecologies can be symbiotic, with existing paradigms. They're not totalistic ideologies. They don't require the eradication of cities as we know them. They can coexist and coevolve with conventional practices, and indeed, they need to. Do not tell me because they are human nature centered, partly because of their connectedness, but also because they involve us. They cannot do what they do what we would like them to do without our engagement. And, again I would say this is fundamentally different than the way we view machines.
|Sir Francis Bacon|
I just want to finish with a quote that I think is incredibly valuable at this particular point in time that comes from Sir Francis Bacon in 1620,
Those who have taken upon them to lay down the law of nature as a thing already searched out and understood, whether they have spoken in simple assurance or professional affectation, have therein done philosophy and the sciences great injury. For as they have been successful in inducing belief, so they have been effective in quenching and stopping inquiry; and have done more harm by spoiling and putting an end to other men's efforts than good by their own. (The New Organon, Preface)From what I'm taking from that for me is a reminder to self. But also we have become so obsessed with as the complete identity of life, cells, the way we identify ourselves, the way we describe the things going on around us. But, I think that we need to look again and appreciate the phenomenology, the complexity, the richness of life and the environment that we look at. Really rethink, our relationships. I think, opportunity is a much more complex engagement with our understanding of the world, and our participatory responsibility in that.