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LIQUIFER Systems Group Gmbh

Obere Donaustraße 97/1/62

1020 Vienna / Austria

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GrAB – Growing As Building


2013 – February 2016


Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in the frame of PEEK 2011

Research institution 

University of Applied Arts, Vienna

Project managers

Dr. Barbara Imhof, Dr. Petra Gruber

Core team

Dr. Barbara Imhof, Prof. Petra Gruber, Waltraut Hoheneder, Damjan Minovski, Viktor Gudenus, Dr. Tanja Oberwinkler
Andreas Körner (until October 2014), Rafael Sanchez, Ceren Yönetim, Laura Mesa

Extended team

Prof. Julian Vincent, Prof. Thomas Speck, Dr. Angelo Vermeulen

Collaborating insitutions
University of Bath, Biomimetics, Mechanical Engineering, UK
University of Freiburg, Botanical Garden, Plant Biomechanics Group, DE
Delft University of Technology, Multi Actor Systems Department, NL
Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, ET
transarch office for biomimetics and transdisciplinary architecture

image © GrAB 2014

GrAB takes growth patterns and dynamics from nature and applies them to architecture with the goal of creating a new living architecture. The aim of the project GrAB is to develop architectural concepts for growing structures. Three main directions are investigated: transfer of abstracted growth principles from nature to architecture, integration of biology into material systems, and intervention of biological organisms and concepts with existing architecture. Key issues of investigation are mechanisms of genetically-controlled and environmentally-informed, self-organized growth in organisms, and the differentiation of tissues and materials.

go to GrAB website

EXHIBITON (13 October – 7 November 2015)

image © GrAB 2014. those indicated by Bruno Stubenrauch