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The Living

Alive: A New Spatial Contract for Multispecies Architecture

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

David Benjamin (American, b.1974) of The Living (USA, est.2008)



Alive: A New Spatial Contract for Multispecies Architecture explores architecture for promoting diverse microbial communities through the calibration of texture, light, and air flow. It imagines a new direction for probiotic buildings and multispecies architecture. As a prototype for twenty-first-century living architecture, it involves a room made of textured, porous, organic material that provides abundant surface area and many different microclimates for many types of microbes. This architecture includes both macro-spaces for humans and micro-spaces for microbes as well as material interfaces for exchanges among these different species. In a broader sense, the project is a prototype for a new spatial contract. It also connects the idea of living together to concepts about diverse microbial communities—as well as concepts about diverse, human communities; sharing tactile experiences; and Venice as a historical site of exchange.

Production credits

Created by: The Living, David Benjamin, Lindsey Wikstrom, Ray Wang, Jim Stoddart, Lorenzo Villaggi, John Locke, Damon Lau, Dale Zhao, with FactoryNYC and Columbia GSAPP

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