Dennis DollensProfessor of BioDigital Architecture (retired)at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
Dennis Dollens has an MSc (2010) in digital education and a PhD (2015) in architecture — both from the University of Edinburgh. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, between 2000 and 2020 he taught studios in biodigital and metabolic architectures as a professor in the BioDigital Architecture Master Program at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona. His most recent book is "Metabolic Architectures: Turing, Sullivan, Autopoiesis & AI." Current areas of research deal with bioremedial/AI systems for metabolic architectures and cities capable of eradicating airborne and waterborne toxins. This bio-environmental research is seeking to integrate cellular intelligences (microbes and plants) into ontological systems of design and theory enabling architecture and urban structures to enter realms of carbon capture by means of metabolic actants/agents. Theory investigation and prototyping includes notions/models of living machines/machinics (ALife) and roles for technologically sourced data using architectural forensics and related laboratory equipment supporting data production using design dialectics, autopoiesis, and concepts from reforestation, urban forestry, and regenerative ecology. That theoretical mix is intended to be underpinned by generative algorithmic structures and scaffoldings interrelating neurological and non-neurological organisms in a move toward new ways-of-designing bioperformative buildings, machines, and cities. A recent paper (9/2020) touching on some of these topics, "An EcoMarxist Cast: Biointelligent Architectures: Dialectics, Forests, Forensics, Microbes, AI, Buildings," is available free at: https://www.academia.edu/43935816/An_EcoMarxist_Cast_Biointelligent_Arch... .
Contributions to Leonardo include:
“Dialectics of Nature: Metabolic Architectures Meet Intelligent Guerrilla Beehives.” 2020. (Coauthored with Annemarie Maes)
“Alan Turing's Drawings, Autopoiesis and Can Buildings Think?” 2014.
“Architecture as Nature: A Biodigital Hypothesis.” 2009.
“A System of Digital-Botanic Architecture.” 2005