On April 28th I joined founder of Grant Associates - the company behind Singapore's Gardens by the Bay - Andrew Grant to discuss how creative ecology is evolving in and beyond cities around the world, and how and why urban ecology has a vital role to play in the creation of environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable cities. Those interested to hear our conversation can find the recording here.
In the next BIOfutures Instagram livestream session I'll be joined by living architecture pioneer Professor Rachel Armstrong to discuss how living materials, structures, and systems might shape our futures cities and other built spaces, among other things. A drop-in live-streamed session taking place at 16:00 BST on May 12th, no RSVP is needed. Join our session here and find our more about the series here.
On April 14th I joined Oksana Bondar, Director of Design at Biohm and founder of Urban Fungarium, Rachel Horton-Kitchlew to exchange thoughts on how we might grow the future with fungi. Our discussion covered issues including how working with fungi as a design medium varies from working with inert materials to the particular challenges of biodesign to how fungi may shape the future of our homes, cities, and societies. Those interested to hear our conversation can find the recording here.
In the next BIOfutures Instagram livestream session I'll be joined by Dr. Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa, senior tutor at the Royal College of Art, designer, and architect specialising in design with living microbial systems. Taking place at 18:00 BST on April 21st, our conversation will explore how we might teach students of design, among other disciplines, the skills, knowledge, and approaches they need to work with living materials and systems. A drop-in session, no RSVP is needed. Join our session here and find our more about the series here.
On April 7th cofounders of Fullgrown, Alice and Gavin Munro joined me for the latest BIOfutures Instagram IG session to discuss how we might, literally, grow the future of furniture design. Globally-renown pioneers in the biodesign field, Fullgrown grow their iconic pieces in their 'furniture orchard', which involves producing commissions and other pieces through a process of co-creation with nature. Hear our thoughts on the risks, challenges, and opportunities this approach involves, together with our ideas about how it may shape the future of design, culture, and society in the recording of the session here.
Expanding on the same theme, this week's BIOFutures session will explore how we might grow the future, but not with plants, with fungi. Joining me in conversation will be Director of Design at biomanufacturers Biohm and cofounder of Luna Lab design studio, Oksana Bondar, and founder, fungal designer, and researcher at Urban Fungarium, Rachel Horton-Kitchlew. A drop-in session, no RSVP is needed. Join us at 18:00 BST on April 14th here.
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How might emerging ideas and innovations in biodesign, biomaterials, biocomputing and more shape the future of product, furniture, and interior design and more, and what are the challenges of working across human and non-human systems? Hear bioMATTERS cofounder Nancy Diniz and I share our thoughts in the recording of the latest BIOfutures Instagram IG session here.
Honoured to be invited to give a guest lecture to the students of University of Greenwich's Vietnam campuses in Hanoi. The 60-minute session, titled 'Finding a Way: The Rise of Living Design, Technology, and Engineering' will discuss how and why our relationship with other species is changing, what this means for business and society, emerging innovations in biodesign, biomaterials, biotechnology, bioengineering, and the wider bio-disciplines, and best-in-breed examples of startups and other initiatives in the field.
Melissa Sterry, PhD, chartered design scientist, systems theorist, biofuturist, and serial founder inc. Bionic City®
Asking the question "how would nature design a city" since 2010.
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