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BIO DESIGN

Nature - Science - Creativity

Auteur:William Myers

Uitgever:Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 978-0-500-29150-4

  • Paperback
  • Engels
  • 288 pagina's
  • 24 jun. 2014

Bio Design. Nature + Science + Creativity explores a future that is closer than we think, featuring fabrics grown from food waste, self-healing concrete, leaves that glow in the dark, and DNA that stores data.

Designers and artists have always looked to nature for inspiration and materials, but only recently have they been able to incorporate living organisms in their work. In a world with finite resources, design that appropriates sustainable templates from nature is likely to prove as vital as it is novel.

- The first overview to address the thrilling new developments in the field
- Combines cutting-edge science with popular design: these projects really are the first steps towards a sustainable revolution
- For professionals, students and teachers across a wide spectrum of creative industries - design, art, fashion, technology, biology and architecture

Bio Design examines some seventy projects. Each is illustrated by texts and images that combine to explain the problems, and how living materials and processes are proposed to solve them in sustainable and pleasing ways.

Some of the solutions provoke thought about manipulating life for human ends, from bacteria that can spin pure cellulose for use in the clothing industry to pigeons that - fed special bacteria - excrete detergent instead of faeces, and from lamps that use blood to genetically hacked plants with human DNA.

Bio Design. Nature + Science + Creativity explores a future that is closer than we think, featuring fabrics grown from food waste, self-healing concrete, leaves that glow in the dark, and DNA that stores data.

Designers and artists have always looked to nature for inspiration and materials, but only recently have they been able to incorporate living organisms in their work. In a world with finite resources, design that appropriates sustainable templates from nature is likely to prove as vital as it is novel.

- The first overview to address the thrilling new developments in the field
- Combines cutting-edge science with popular design: these projects really are the first steps towards a sustainable revolution
- For professionals, students and teachers across a wide spectrum of creative industries - design, art, fashion, technology, biology and architecture

Bio Design examines some seventy projects. Each is illustrated by texts and images that combine to explain the problems, and how living materials and processes are proposed to solve them in sustainable and pleasing ways.

Some of the solutions provoke thought about manipulating life for human ends, from bacteria that can spin pure cellulose for use in the clothing industry to pigeons that - fed special bacteria - excrete detergent instead of faeces, and from lamps that use blood to genetically hacked plants with human DNA.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Foreword by Paola Antonelli
Introduction: The Hybrid Frontier
Essay: Beyond Biomimicry by William Myers

Chapter 1: Architectural Hybrids - Living Structures and New Ecological Integrations
Features works on the architectural or urban scales that incorporate biological processes to enhance their function.

Chapter 2: Ecological Object Engineering - Replacing Industrial and Mechanical Processes
Presents how natural processes are being considered as viable alternatives to reliance on conventional machines. Projects include contained systems as well as experiments in localizing fabrication with an organic process.

Chapter 3: Experimental Functions - Speculative Objects, Teaching Tools and Provocations
Introduces cautionary tales, critical commentary and experimental technologies meant to spark discussion about potential and often surprising future functions of design.

Chapter 4: Dynamic Beauty - Artwork Crawling off the Auction Block
Profiles recent works that focus on the aesthetics of experimenting with biology and harnessing life in unexpected ways.

Chapter 5: Profiling Programs and Collaborations: Essay: The Convergence of Design, Art and the Life Sciences

Chapter 6: Interviews
David Benjamin: Founder and Principal, The Living (Architecture + Design Firm)
Ginger Krieg Dosier: Assistant Professor of Architecture at American University of Sharjah
Sean Quinn: Sustainable Design Specialist at HOK
Jessica Green: Director. Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center, University of Oregon, Eugene
Dan Grushkin: Co-Founder, Genspace
Marin Sawa: Designer and Researcher
Eduardo Kac: Artist
Oron Catts: Director of SymbioticA, the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia
Maria Aiolova: Director, ONE Lab School for Urban Ecology

Chapter 7: Biographies
Summary of each participant, including e-mail address and studio URL.

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