is a network of designers, artists and scientists who employ novel design methods and innovative fabrication techniques to explore and manipulate biological material.

BIODESIGN – On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity

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Date(s) - 27/09/2013 - 26/01/2014
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Netherlands Architecture Institute

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BIODESIGN – On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity

27 Sept 2013 to 26 Jan 2014, the New Institute, Rotterdam

Living trees support houses and bridges; mushrooms replace synthetic foam for packaging and insulation; leaves grow into decorative patterns inside glass tiles. For this exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut, curator William Myers has selected dozens of projects that illustrate new ways to harness living systems for art, design and production.

The exhibition gives a glimpse into our possible future and provides inspiration for designers, artists and scientists in the form of varied, in-depth information on new materials and potential biological applications in architecture and design. A range of events and activities take place around the exhibition, some during the World Food Festival in Rotterdam.

About the book BioDesign

BioDesign is the next step beyond biology-inspired approaches to design and fabrication. Unlike biomimicry, Cradle to Cradle or the popular but frustratingly vague “green design,” BioDesign refers specifically to the incorporation of living organisms as essential components in design, enhancing the function of the finished work. BioDesign leaps ahead of imitation and mimicry to integration and use, dissolving boundaries and synthesizing new hybrid living objects. BioDesign also highlights experiments replacing industrial or mechanical systems with a biological process, an approach becoming more important under the pressure of the climate crisis. The final section of the book ventures beyond functional or speculative design into the realm of fine art, presenting a range of works that incorporate living matter and foretell changes in how we might define life or what is natural in the near future.

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