This system uses a computer controlled four-axis positioning table to print intricate bio-architectural constructions out of algae and seeds. Suspended in a clear gel growth medium, the algae continues to grow and the seeds sprout. The algorithmically-generated patterns drawn by the system are based on the Eden growth model and leverage mathematical representations of both urban growth and cellular growth, thereby connecting the concept of city with the concept of the organism. This project is working to make concrete the idea of dynamic and fluid computer space altering the expression and formation of a living and growing biological material, via its collaboration with an engineering mechanism.

Dimensions: 4.5L′ x 4.5′W x 4′H.

The project was presented in Linz, Austria for the Ars Electronica Festival 2010 as part of the show Repair sponsored by the OK Center and exhibited in the former Tabak Fabrik. It was exhibited in 2011 at the invitation of Jurij Krpan of Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The first version of the piece was exhibited in New Orleans for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), DesCours Festival in 2007, curated and produced by Melissa Urcan. Additionally, it was shown at the Bumbershoot Festival in 2009 at the Seattle Center, curated by Lele Barnett and Chris Weber. From 2012-2014 it was part of a U.S. touring exhibit called Intimate Science, curated by Andrea Grover. The touring exhibit went to venues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; San Francisco, California; Pasadena, California; Lafayette, Louisiana; and New York City, New York. Recently it was presented at Globale: Exo-Evolution, at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Capacity for (urban eden, human error) was selected for Honorary Mention in Hybrid Arts for Ars Electronica 2010.  It also received Honorary Mention for Vida 13.0, the competition for Art and Artificial Life.

capacity for (urban eden, human error) : ars electronica footage from Allison on Vimeo.