J. Dahmen
University of British Columbia - School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Vancouver, Canada





Soft systems attempt to account for non-linear processes whose complexity derives from shifting interrelationships between elements. The move towards soft systems, whose stability is rooted in dynamism, represents a significant shift across disciplines with important implications for the way we approach architectural environments and materials. This article investigates the effects of physical and operational softness on the experience of architectural space through the lens of a recent installation using mycelium biocomposites, an emergent soft material. This contemporary exploration of architectural softness builds in new and technically sophisticated ways on earlier experiments in architectural softness that explored the promise of creating responsive and flexible architectures.



Soft matter: Responsive architectural operations
Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research
Volume 14 Numbers 1 & 2
Intellect Ltd. 2016
Pages 113–125
ISSN: 1477965X