2-Year Fellowship in the Built Environment £30,000 per year
New genetic science has begun to explain the once “irreducible complexity” of life, and has shown, among other things, that cellular architecture works not under global detailed instruction, but through strong local coding. In a similar way, the development of the global built environment faces a comparably improbable level of complexity in the face of demographic, social and technological evolution. Genetics shows how highly complex and evolved living systems are the product not of top-down design, but of bottom-up local algorithms within an elegant framework, following an overarching process driven by the need to survive.
How can the understanding of genetic engineering and the architecture of life cross over into the built environment, and what does it offer by way of alternative pathways for participants in the next evolutionary step of our communities and their supporting physical environments? Are the principles of natural selection and genetics a better model for the built environment than chance, or approximate design? And if so how might we use them? Does genetics suggest new approaches or participants for the built environment? And what can be learned about the ethics of such an approach, and the iterative development of solutions that are best adapted to change, not of an individual, but of the global human “organism”? The successful Fellow should show how such cross-over thinking can translate into the “architecture” of practical solutions for the built environment, and may include relevant thinking on planning, ethics, precedent, learning and adaptation mechanisms, manufacturing protocols, and environmental and cultural tests for success.
A broad, holistic approach is encouraged, the aim being to ‘make a difference’. Entries will accordingly be accepted not only from individuals but also from formal or informal partnerships. Candidates should be UK based aiming to carry out research over a 2 year period, culminating in either a personal mark of distinction (e.g. PhD) or a milestone output of significance. In all cases, candidates are asked to identify a mentor who can contribute to, and make expert and objective commentary on the candidate’s work, and who will ensure linkage and promulgation of the work to the appropriate peer group.
Download the application form which candidates should complete, together with an outline of the proposed project of no more than two pages of A4, plus a CV. Lavishly produced or illustrated submissions are not required. The full application should then be sent by e-mail, preferably as a PDF, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on these applications a shortlist will be selected and these candidates will be invited to provide a further, more comprehensive written submission from which selections for interview will be made.
Telephone enquires may also be made to Nigel Williams, Secretary, on 020 7594 8790 or e-mail: email@example.com