Emergent Technologies and Design Book Released

Emergence – the process by which new and coherent structures, patterns and properties ‘emerge’ from within complex systems

Michael Hensel, Achim Menges, and Michael Weinstock (currently teaching at the AA) have recently published a MUCH recommended book about research and projects related to the Emergent Technologies masters program they helped found at that school. We have published many projects from students of this program, Maria Mingallon, Pavlos Schivas and Magnus Larrson just to name a few. Having just skimmed the book we realized there is also an extensive coverage of the Honeycomb Morphologies by MATSYS architecture.

The Amazon page to purchase the book says the following:

“Traditional architecture starts from the premise that architectural structures are singular and fixed, and however well integrated are separate from their environment and context. Emergence requires that the opposite is true – that those structures are complex energy and material systems that have a lifespan, exist as part of an environment of other active systems, and develop in an evolutionary way.

This book, based on the authors’ internationally renowned Emergent Technologies and Design course at the Architectural Association in London, introduces a new approach to the practice of architecture. The authors use essays and projects to demonstrate the interrelationship of concepts such as emergence and self-organisation with the latest technologies in design, manufacturing and construction.

With projects from their course, and critiques and commentary from some of the world’s leading design theorists and practitioners, the authors of Emergent Technologies and Design have introduced a radical new way of understanding the way in which architecture is conceived, designed and produced.”

Also from these authors, AD magazine published similar projects a while back:

1.Emergence: Morphogenetic Design Straregies

2. Techniques and Technologies in Morphogenetic Design


Enjoy! And feel free to add any other relevant text in the comments that you feel other readers would benefit from. Dont forget links!


  1. Mohammad /Reply

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.
    I have found two additional books that is also written by Michael Hensel:

    1- Versatility and Vicissitude: Performance in Morpho-Ecological Design


    2- Morpho-ecologies



    1. Ehsaan Mesghali /Reply

      Thanks for sharing Mohammad! just added a “books we like” section. We hope to build it over time with help from readers.

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