On March 9th I had the pleasure to join Michael Weinstock [EmTech, AA School], Marco Poletto [ecoLogicStudio], and Katya Larina [Landscape Urbanism, AA School] at The Bartlett’s Urban Morphogenesis Lab to critique the work of its Masters programme Bio-Urban Design Research Cluster 16. Led by architect Claudia Pasquero, together with a team including architect/researcher Emmanouil Zaroukas, the programme works “within a research agenda that addresses issues of morphogenesis and metabolisms through multi-spectral methodology that the Lab has named Polycephalum”.
The projects presented explored the potentialities of developing a range of biological materials, including bioplastic, microbial cellulose, and biorock, and of working with living organisms, including silk moths. Intelligent, inspired, and compelling projects, together with fellow jurors, I much look forward to seeing how the projects develop.
Delighted to be aboard as scientific advisor to Biosphere IV, which founded by theatre director Tom Bailey , brings together environmental historian Marianna Dudley, and cultural geographer Franklin Ginn, with University of Bristol, at-Bristol, the Mechanical Animal Corporation, and Bionic City, to develop "an artificially created space with live performance to help imagine and explore how we experience and adapt to life in the face of environmental change". Science meets Arts meets Humanities, more information is coming soon:
Joining Symbiartic's #SciArt tweet storm for the third year in a row, this year's contribution comes from the 'Flower Power' microscopic studies series, which has been ongoing since 2014.
Attracting a huge community of support, Symbiartic's annual tweet storm celebrates transdisciplinary practice at the intersection of science and art.
Engagement is simple: tweet 3 [or more] pieces of your own sciart; retweet 5 pieces of sciart by other tweet storm participants; hashtag your tweets #sciart.
Find out more at: https://www.symbiartic.com
For the love of nature, Bionic City is participating in the 'Show the Love' campaign, which run by the Climate Coalition, celebrates all that needs protecting in the natural world. The images featured in Bionic City's hearts are from the 'Sewing the Seeds of Love' microscopic studies series.
Participants of the campaign make and tweet a heart featuring a species or a habitat, using the hashtag #ShowTheLove. Find out more at http://fortheloveof.org.uk/
Inspired by a trip to Salina Turda [salt mine] in October, this month I decided to recreate some of the salt crystallization processes found about its interior. Reducing the macro to the micro, petri dishes, assorted glass vessels, an assemblage of natural materials, and saline solutions of various concentrations produced some beautiful results. The above images document a handful of the experiments in progress.
Further updates to follow. But, in the meantime, take a look at Salina Turda for yourself, via this vimeo short film.
ADAPT-r, on show at Ambika 3 gallery, London until December 18th 2016, explores the research processes of artists, architects, and designers, including several biodesign researchers/practitioners.
The exhibition concludes an EU funded research initiative that provided insight into 35 international creatives, including Marco Poletto, Claudia Pasquero, Anna Pla-Catala, Eric Guibert, Dr. Tom Holbrook, Marti Franch Batllori, Karli Luik, and others.
A highlight of the exhibition is ecoLogicStudio's installation, which investigates the potentiality of fusing folding architecture and bacterial cellulose.
Read more at: http://www.p3exhibitions.com/
On Wednesday 30th November 2016 I had the pleasure of joining peers Claudia Pasquero [cofounder, ecoLogicStudio/Urban Morphogenesis Lab, UCL/IaaC], Marco Poletto [cofounder, ecoLogicStudio, and Carnegie Mellon University], Ricardo de Ostos [partner, Naja & de Ostos], Emmanouil Zaroukas [The Bartlett], and Dr. Simon Park [University of Surrey], for the third in the BioSalon series.
Hosted at Ambika P3 gallery at the University of Westminster, the roundtable explored the intersection of biology, computing, and urban design. Poletto and Zaroukas presented ecoLogicStudio's experimental research in biological computing, which explores how microorganisms including slime mould, bacteria, fungi, and abiotic materials including salt can be used within urban design and architecture. Dr. Simon Park presented a selection of his collaborations with bio artists including Anna Dumitriu, including Bioluminescence: Bacterial Light Lab, whilst giving insights into the behaviours and processes of microorganisms. Titled 'Biome Shock: Anthropogenic vs. Ecological Intelligence', my presentation utilised Alvin Toffler's Future Shock as a tool for comparing and contrasting the difference in the former and latter. de Ostos presented some of his studios recent projects, explaining how the practice is exploring ecological systems as a means to inform architectural design decision-making.
Infused with thoughts and commentary from audience members, the panel discussion centered on some of the philosophical and wider ideological issues to hand, including the impact of the inherent bias in human decision-making, and where intelligence in anthropogenic, biological, and ecological systems converge and diverge.
BioSalon III was part of an ongoing series of events that bring together scientists, designers, artists, architects, and theorists, to converse wide-ranging aspects of biodesign, from scientific, technical and artistic potentialities, to ethics, philosophy, policy, and research practicalities. Collaborators include researchers and practioners from several universities including University of the Arts London, University College London, University of Greenwich, and the Royal College of Art.
Come join us for the BioSalon roundtable exploring design methodologies operating at the intersection of biology, computation and urban ecologies, hosted by ADAPT-r Events / Ambika P3, at University of Westminster, 18:30 - 20:30, 30th November 2016. The speakers will be architects Ricardo De Ostos, Emmanouil Zaroukas and Marco Poletto, together with microbiologist Dr. Simon Park, and myself. Our discussion will be moderated by ADAPT-r fellow Claudia Pasquero, founder of ecoLogicStudio, and curator of the event.
Extract from BioSalon's event listing:
"The conversation will stem from an attempt to gather a non-anthropocentric perspective, debating the blurred distinction between nature and artifice, landscape and city and ultimately the biosphere and the contemporary urbansphere.
Through the work of the invited guests we will look at the world from the renewed perspective of macro-scale satellite monitoring, revealing planetary infrastructures, as well as the micro-scale of fundamental cellular organization.
How can this trans-scalar journey provide an analogue model of the future bio-city? Can this form of analogy enable a re-interpretation of the contemporary urbanity? The BioSalon will be structured as a conversation between architects, artists, microbiologist and theorists."
Find more information at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adaptr-events-bio-salon-claudia-pasquero-tickets-28361858081
In interview for Forbes magazine, thanks to Whitney Johnson, author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.
Read at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/whitneyjohnson/2016/11/28/this-entrepreneur-is-learning-from-nature-how-to-design-a-city/#3f2bba1f6372
Melissa Sterry, design scientist, systems theorist, futurologist, cross disciplinary designer developing Bionic City® & PhD Researcher.
Asking the question "how would nature design a city" since 2010.
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