Hylozoic Ground Liminal Responsive Architecture

By Philip Beesley, edited by Hayley Isaacs & Pernilla Ohrstedt

“The Hylozoic project seeks abject fertility. In the footsteps of Lucretius, it imagines new layers of hylozoic soil. Hylozoism is the ancient perception of life arising out of material. Lucretius followed earlier, Grecian thinkers in seeing life arising from the chaos-borne quickening of air, water, and stone.

Hylozoic Ground is an immersive, interactive sculpture environment organized as a textile matrix supporting responsive actions, dynamic material exchanges, and ‘living’ technologies – conceived as the first stages of selfrenewing functions that might take root within this architecture. The Hylozoic Ground environment can be described as a suspended geotextile, gradually accumulating hybrid soil from ingredients drawn from its surroundings …”

Hylozoic Ground: Liminal Responsive Architecture Philip Beesley
Edited by Pernilla Ohrstedt and Hayley Isaacs
Riverside Architectural Press
Toronto, Ontario, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-926724-02-7
Softcover with cover flaps
196 pp col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover