Meet the Speakers: Recombinant Project Team

This year, PIN Architects, in cooperation with Kalebodur and two PHD students from ITU Molecular Biology and Genetics Department, received an honorable mention at eVolo 2019 Skyscraper Competition, which rewards extraordinary and innovative ideas.

The team embarked on a journey to find solutions to future issues by combining different disciplines such as material science and molecular biology, and created a project that aims to bring humans and nature back together.
We had a chance to talk with Mert Sezer, a member of the project team and a designer architect at PIN Architects, prior to their appearance at Yapı – Turkeybuild Istanbul 2019.
  • Congratulations on your success at the eVolo 2019 Skyscraper Competition. Could you explain your project to our readers?
Humanity deserves quality living conditions. Consequently, contemporary thinkers, scientists, makers, architects, young entrepreneurs, designers and urban planners are focusing more on improving these conditions through multidisciplinary cooperation and technology.
Architects are affected by the conditions of their time, and this interaction brings along innovation. Conditions of our time and the environment we are in forces us to research and innovate. The aim should be to focus on topics such as reusing, repairing and resilience rather than exploiting resources to build more. Recombinant study is based on the ideal of supporting creative ideas through scientific research and experimentation with the help of multidisciplinary cooperation.
With a team comprised of researchers and designers from a variety of disciplines (architecture and design, molecular biology and genetics, material science and chemical engineering, business and strategic management), innovative solutions and products were studied both theoretically and in a laboratory setting by combining different ideas from each of the disciplines.
Primary goal of the project was to research a scientific theory that was suggested for the future with today’s technology and come up with a solution.

Recombinant project is the process of transforming existing cement buildings into natural living habitats using bio-chemical methods.

The transformation starts with injecting a patented building material called “geopolymer” foam into cement surfaces using 3D printing after it is mixed with a type of bacteria, codes of which were created in a laboratory setting. The “geopolymer” based mixture turns cement surfaces into a habitat that is compatible with human health, while increasing the functional volume of the space by expanding. Recombinant adapts to its environment through this new system and creates surfaces that help vegetation as it develops in its habitat.
  • In what way do you think perspectives in the industry should evolve to able to successfully create habitats that are sustainable and that can coexist with us?
Consumption habits in the building industry must be transformed and grounded on repairing, producing and sustainability, participations from different disciplines must be encouraged and processes must be tested.  
When it comes to creating spaces, human-nature relationship must be redefined, solutions that aim to bring people and nature together must be created and living habits that are compatible with human psychology must be regained.  
  • What topics are you planning to touch upon in your speech “Reuse – Repair – Resilience” at this year’s Yapı – Turkeybuild Istanbul?
Communing with nature: PIN Resilient Houses and Cabins
Production technologies and geometry: PIN Shelter, POD and Inselberg
Multidisciplinary cooperation and experimentation in architecture projects: Recombinant
  • How do you think events like Turkeybuild Istanbul benefits the industry and its future?
They are very beneficial because innovative and sustainable production techniques and new products are showcased at events like Turkeybuild Istanbul both at the exhibition and its event programme. They allow local and international manufacturers to introduce themselves and end-users to see the innovations. Because they create intellectual platforms outside of sectoral activities and improve the sharing environment through establishing new networks, they are good examples of supporting contemporary multidisciplinary works.
Hear Recombinant project team’s talk on “Reuse – Repair – Resilience” at Yapı – Turkeybuild Istanbul at 13:30 on Saturday 22 June.

Don’t miss out on this exciting talk, register to attend for free now.
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