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integrate development with growth

: invest optimally in strategies that promote both development and growth

growth can provide new and/or better resources, improved location or additional stability for an entity. even though growth is a necessity, to sustain a long life requires a balance between growth and development. development is the investment in infrastructure specific to context and functional needs creating a platform upon which growth can happen. integrating development with growth adds a stable, locally attuned foundation before each growth phase and reduces chances of new growth creating unsustainable conditions. this optimized growth rather than maximized growth results in a greater likelihood of long-term success. 
combine modular and nested components
: fit multiple units within each other progressively from simple to complex

the evolution of life is a result of billions of years of smaller units assembling into larger units. the current composite communities of cells are built on the accomplishments of our one-celled forebears. but even within a cell, units of DNA repeat themselves and cell membranes are assembled from bi-polar molecules. repeating common elements builds on what works, saving energy and time. components are often nested hierarchically into more complex elements. modular and nested components help facilitate efficient and locally attuned growth. between interspersed periods of development the coponents can also be assembled in specific units depending on the contextual needs.

muscle is mainly composed of muscle cells. Within the cells are myofibrils; myofibrils contain sarcomeres, which are composed of actin andmyosin. Individual muscle fibres are surrounded by endomysium. Muscle fibers are bound together by perimysium into bundles calledfascicles; the bundles are then grouped together to form muscle, which is enclosed in a sheath of epimysium. Muscle spindles are distributed throughout the muscles and provide sensory feedback information to the central nervous system.
medellin`s botanical garden orquideorama 
       architect: planB + jprcr
 environmental consultant: jorge salazar trujillo
       location: medellin, colombia


the orquideorama in the botanical garden of medellin was inspired in systematic and organic forms present in nature; in the micro scale of the organic, principles of material organization and structures found in nature, and the scale of the external and visual forms of life. studying geometric flexible patterns (like the beehive), resulted in the creation of a module called "flower-tree", conformed by seven hexagons. it`s repetition allows them to define the growth and expansion of the project, perimeter control, the organization of the program and the geometry of the ground. 
: create conditions to allow components to interact in concert to move towards an enriched system

self-organization occurs when individuals act in their own interest but an overall pattern or system emerges. often the integrated system yields conditions that foster each individual`s survival. most complex systems are a result of some degree of self-organization. by following relatively few simple rules, an emergent coordinated system occurs that has no top-down direction.

red mangrove
rhizophora brevistyla

genus: rhizophora
family: combretaceae
 order: myrtales
class: magnoliopsida
division: magnoliophyta 
kingdom: plantea 

the mangrove islands, like the one found in the salamanca island park, between barranquilla and cienaga, are self.organizing. a seed of a red mangrove will float uptight until its bottom tip embeds in a shallow area, where it sprouts prop roots and grows into a tree. sand and detritus settle among the prop roots trapping more seeds. as the mangrove island gets bigger, they provide nursery for a great number of species, many are endangered. in this particular park there 98 invertebrates, 9 amphibians, 35 reptiles, 199 birds, 33 mammals and more than 140 fish.


 any town or city, as barranquilla, is a result of self-organization. barranquilla started as an indian market for trade. around 1620, because of the strong summers, indiands began to settle in small huts after bringing their cattle for water and food. after that, barranquilla became a shipping point where it began to grow and organize into blocks and streets until it became a city in 1857 and today holds more than 1,7 million people. 
build from the bottom up
: assemble components one unit at a time

life has an amazing complexity and diversity when assembled form the bottom up. one unit at a time, development starts at the smalllest scale, using the simplest solution to a basic function and the literally engulfing that solution, bringing it into the overall development. during the evolution of the single-celled organisms to multi-cellular organisms, the former was incorporated into the latter. once incorporated into the more complex system, the unicellular organisms become part of the larger system and begin to develop and grow in conjunction. bottomp-up development allows all the parts of the new system to then grow and develop further in coordination and in response to the local context. starting with simple building bloks moving tomore complex allows parts to grow complicated (develop) together.

coral reefs

elkhorn coral
acropora palmata

staghorn coral
acropora cervicornis

genus: acropora
family: acroporidae
order: scleractinia
class: anthozoa
phylum: cnidaria 
kingdom: animalia 

the coral reefs, with species like the elkhorn and staghorn coral, are an assemblage of a suite of different species. one coral colony is an assemblage of many individual coral polyps, which in itself is a composite of cells, including the incorporation of algal cells, which live inside polyps. one of the most diverse ecosystems of the planet, coral reefs start and grow with the settling polyp on a rock followed by other settlers until the whole system is built from the bottom up.

lagosol vacational center
          architect: motta y rodriguez
          environmental consultant: arq & bioclimatica
          location: nilo, colombia

the vacational center "lagosol" begins with a house. this house is then repteated 8 times forming a second, more complex unit, which is then repeated, creating a more complex unit. as the same time, lagosol is constructed with blocks, build from the bottom up.