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Living Architecture

Living Architecture

Objective

Living Architecture (LIAR) is a modular bioreactor-wall, which is based on the operational principles of microbial fuel cell technology and synthetic ‘consortia’ of microbes. LIAR is conceived as a next-generation selectively-programmable bioreactor and integral component of human dwelling, capable of extracting valuable resources from waste water and air, generation of oxygen and production of proteins and fiber by manipulating consortia performance. Its operational principles are grounded in distributed sensing, decentralised autonomous information processing, high-degree of fault-tolerance and distributed actuation and reconfiguration. Applications within urban systems are examined as a form of customizable micro-agriculture for installation in domestic, public (schools, hospitals) and office environments. Such a system has far reaching impacts on the building performance (resilience, resource recycling) manufacturing and design with ecosystems.

The project establishes:

• Foundational concepts through which ‘designed’ metabolisms can computationally process, recycle, remediate and synthesise valuable compounds from waste water.

• Transferable principles by which synthetic ecosystems can shape the environmental performance of our living spaces to increase our health, productivity and ecosystems impact.

• New standards for synthetic ‘ecosystems’ through consortia design, engineering and optimization.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Address

Kings Gate
Ne1 7ru Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 380 211,25

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UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 857 700

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 975 151,25

LIQUIFER SYSTEMS GROUP GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 324 086,25

EXPLORA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 462 187,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 217 218,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 686585

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2016

  • End date

    30 June 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 216 555

  • EU contribution

    € 3 216 555

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom