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GreenBodies. Give Me an Ampoule...and I Will Live.
Rethinking the human: Ecosystems for today architectures

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Special Thanks to professors Constantin Spiridonidis e Maria Voyatzaki


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Antonino Saggio"
"GreenBodies; Give Me an Ampoule and I will Live
in: Rethinking the Human in Technology Driven Architecture, Maria Voyatzaki and Constantin Spiridonidis Editors, Enhsa
(European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture - European Association for Architectural Education International Conference. Invited Key Note speaker) Charis Ltd, Thessaloniki Greece 2012 pp. 57-68 isbn 978-2-930301-53-2




This 2011 Lecture follows the 2005 Lecture at ENHSA Barcelona whose topic was Construction and IT. I called that lecture:

Give me a Cord and I Will Build.... Construction, Ethics, Geometry and Information Technology (audio, video, text)
Datermi Una corda ... e Costruirò (free Pdf book down load in the days of the conference)


Eaae-Enhsa Ets Barcelona 22 September, 2005

The all idea was the show the strong relationship between construction and geometry That is the reason the lecture had an entire section of the magic circles Golden section.. and old way of construction showing on the strictly construction reasons of ) and wa gradually move to IT discussing critically different apporaches..


What are the foundamental ideas that is imprtant to share in this new context of


Rethinking the Human: Ecosystems for today architectures

Six concepts and a tentative manifesto

1. Hybridization between Systems of Architecture and Systems of nature.

2. Parallel lines do meet! The idea of Limited resources. We do not believe anymore to infinite conquer but to the idea of limitations of resources

3. We are interested in Processes not in Objects (In/Out/In vs In/Out)

4. Synergia and Mixite. Pioneers of Green Architecture. Vernadasky + Buckminster Fuller = John Allen’s Biosphere2

5. The Biosphere 2 Scientific experiment and the Closed systems

6. Some examples and current researches

7. Recap and principles for a Manifesto of GreenBodies


First. Hybradization between System of Architecture and Systems of nature.

In order to understand this we can be go back to moment in which it did not exhist a direct separation between man and land, between cosnstruction and the development of nature, between rationality and magic in with the intercoonections were much more important than the distictions!


antonino Saggio

antonino Saggio

Movie Vie Cave


hybridation of Nature and Architecture



Advisor A. Saggio
MOB Museo dell'opera Boroominiana a Villa Pamphilj, Rome









Parallel lines do meet! The idea of Limited resources. We do not believe anymore to infinite conquer but to the idea of limitations of resources.


Typical Deconstructivst architecture From Eisenman to libeskind strongly beleive that paralles lines do not meet. I;e; infinitive resoursec, abstract diagonal, vector like architectures!

Daniel Libeskind Chora works from zero to Infinity eccetera


But in reality

Parallel Lines Do meet!

Phisical and electromagnetic forces tend to keep "lines" together..



There fore our architecure can mend, can cure

see local




We are interested in Processes not in Objects (In/Out/In vs In/Out)

This way the formal syntehtic aspect of Mathematical formalism is definitely winning on the linear alphabetical concept



The Typical Fuctional Flow Chart Drawn to organized a Building Object The Cyclical and Circular Relationship


John Allen's Chart



Agnese Canziani - Alessandra Cao - Chiara Conte - Giustino Di Cunzolo - Maria Ragosta




Tiziano Derme Umberto Di Tanna

Urbanizzare la tecnologia, significa più direttamente avvicinare questa alla conoscenza del cittadino. Quale miglior occasione, allora, di un evento continuo in uno spazio pubblico? Si costruisce in questo caso uno spazio in cui il cittadino adotta un ruolo attivo nei confronti di uno scenario tecnologico ed energetico. Il sistema base adottato si basa su un conto energia che determina attraverso la produzione di energia individuale alla fermata del tram di ottenere un risparmio sulla bolletta. Questo spazio per attuarsi richiede perciò l'esperienza fisica e mentale del partecipante. Una manovra che genera in loop dei feedback tesi a non essere consumati all'istante, ma che ncessitano un tempo ed un processo.
Intendiamo far agire il cittadino sullo scenario della via Casilina almeno su tre livelli: il primo è come spettatore per fruire della natura scenica del viaggio in tram rendendosi spettatore di un paesaggio cangiante che si mostra come una continua epifania nella periferia romana. il secondo, come partecipante attivo per contribuire alla trasformazione della città, attraverso l'utilizzo del proprio tempo per svolgere azioni che producono energia e che definiscano situazioni individuali e collettive in una sorta di paesaggio urbbano attivo e cangiante. In fine, come cittadino per contribuire alla totalità del sistema considerando ogni tappa del viaggio come un'occasione per partecipare in modo divertente, ecologico e remunerativo alla UGL.

Go to the resar h




Synergie and Mixite. Pioneers of Green Architecture.
Vernadasky + Buckminster Fuller = John Allen’s Biosphere2

in "L'Architetto Italiano" #. 30 7/8 2009


read in english




Bucky Munster Fuller

Richard BR. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983)[1] was an American engineer, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist.
Fuller published more than 30 books, inventing and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, the best known of which is the geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their resemblance to geodesic spheres.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Buckminster_Fuller



Algoritm by Fuller as reported by John Allen >>>

Buckminster Fuller's
Synergetic Algorithm and
Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

By John Allen, FLS

This algorithm of creative design participation in human evolution consists of five steps:
if there is a large scale design problem then take the synergetic overall approach;
- if you take the synergetic overall approach then proceed to a comprehensive anticipatory design;
- if you've started on this, then make detailed macro-comprehensive and micro-incisive studies;
- if these are completed, then proceed to do more with less; ephemeralize;
- if you've ephemeralized, then computerize to check rationality and to communicate;
- if you've computerized then check if you've increased the wealth of all involved.
This algorithm constitutes his greatest contribution to dealing with the challenges coming toward humanity,in the next century, a time of great planetary troubles which he metaphorically referred to as humanity's final examination.


Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky

Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (Russian: ?????“??? ???“????? ?????“?????, Ukrainian: ????????? ???????? ???????????; 12 March [O.S. 28 February] 1863 – 6 January 1945) was a Russian/Ukrainian and Soviet mineralogist and geochemist who is considered one of the founders of geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and of radiogeology.[1] His ideas of noosphere were an important contribution to Russian cosmism. He also worked in Ukraine where he founded the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. He is most noted for his 1926 book The Biosphere in which he inadvertently worked to popularize Eduard Suess’ 1885 term biosphere, by hypothesizing that life is the geological force that shapes the earth. In 1943 he was awarded the Stalin Prize.
From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Vernadsky

John Allen And the Ecotechnics Group

John Polk Allen (born 6 May 1929, Carnegie, Oklahoma)[1] is a systems ecologist and engineer, metallurgist, adventurer and writer.[2] He is best known as the inventor and Director of Research of Biosphere 2, the world's largest laboratory of global ecology, and was the founder of Synergia Ranch. Allen is a proponent of the science of biospherics.
Allen currently serves as Chairman of Global Ecotechnics, and a director of Biospheric Design and of Institute of Ecotechnics. He is Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Linnean Society, and the Explorers Club.
In the early sixties, John Allen worked on regional development projects with David Lillienthal’s Development Resources Corporation in the U.S., Iran, and Ivory Coast where he became an expert in complex regional development. Before that he headed a special metals team at Allegheny-Ludium Steel Corporation which developed over thirty alloys to product status. He has led expeditions studying ecology, particularly the ecology of early civilizations: Nigeria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tibet, Turkey, India, and the Altiplano.
He studied anthropology and history at Northwestern, Stanford, and Oklahoma Universities, and served in the U.S. Army’s Engineering Corps as a machinist. He graduated from Colorado School of Mines and received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School. In the early 1960s, Allen headed a special metals team at Allegheny-Ludlum Steel Corporation which developed over thirty alloys to product status, then he worked with David Lillienthal’s Development Resources Corporation in the U.S., Iran, and Ivory Coast.
Under the pen name, Johnny Dolphin, he has chronicled his personal history alongside the social history of his many destinations in novels, poetry, short stories and plays.[3
from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_P._Allen




The Biosphere 2 Scientific experiment and the closed systems

Clair Folsome


John Allen et al, Biosphere 2, oracle, Arizona 1989-1991

aBiosphere 2 go in full immersion

Biosphere 2 is a 3.14-acre (12,700 m2)[1] structure originally built to be an artificial, materially-closed ecological system in Oracle, Arizona (USA) by Space Biosphere Ventures, a joint venture whose principal officers were John P. Allen, inventor and Executive Director, and Margret Augustine, CEO. Constructed between 1987 and 1991, it was used to explore the complex web of interactions within life systems in a structure that included five areas based on natural biomes and an agricultural area and human living/working space to study the interactions between humans, farming and technology with the rest of nature.[2] It also explored the possible use of closed biospheres in space colonization, and allowed the study and manipulation of a biosphere without harming Earth's. The name comes from Earth's biosphere, Biosphere 1. Earth's life system is the only biosphere currently known. Funding for the project came primarily from the joint venture's financial partner, Ed Bass' Decisions Investment, and cost $200 million from 1985 to 2007, including land, support research greenhouses, test module and staff facilities.
From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biosphere_2




5. Some examples and researches
R&nSie and Ecologic Studio, Bartlett 23 and others



On&Off Insert on IT and Architecture

see the book locally



in "L'Architetto Italiano" #. 30 7/8 2009

Francois Roche R&Sie




in "L'Architetto Italiano" #. 30 7/8 2009

Ecologic Studio




in "L'Architetto Italiano" #. 33-34

Unit 23 Bartlett

Bob Sheil e Emmanuel Vercruysse








Recap or Manifesto of GreenBodies


GreenBodies a Manifesto or a recap
First draft Genova, June 12, 2009. First Public presentation Island of Crete agust 30, 2011

1. GreenBodies are not an “add on” or “plug-in” support” for environmentally sound buildings, but, on the contrary, a different and complete re-thought of the very same idea of buiding. GreenBodies are living and dying organisms.

2. Greenbodies are generated through A process of Convergence . This means that we are aware of the biosphere, which is actually interconnected to other spheres including the cultural, tecnological, historical ones as explained and described in the idea of Vladimir Vernadsky and John Allen.

3. GreenBodies are strategically designed based on Bucky Munster Fuller 5 rules’s algorithm.

4. GreenBodies are capable of intelligent, interactive, even emotional behaviors. These behaviors are part of the environment in the inter-relationship with all different spheres.

5. To describe, design or - even better - generate GreenBodies's creators use appropriate verbs. Not only to fold, to bend, to graft (that metaphorically relate to form of land as in a landarchitecture phase), but really organic verbs. Greenbodies sleep, smile, breathe, swet.

6. Each generation of GreenBodies generate - in a progress of natural evolution - new specimen.



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