BioDesign: Nature + Science + Creativity is a book published in 2012 by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Thames & Hudson in London. It profiles recent design and art projects that use living materials and span a wide range of applications from architecture to advertising and concrete to clothing. These works introduce visionary strategies for improving the ecological performance of the objects around us, aesthetic possibilities enabled by new biotechnology and provocative experiments that illuminate both opportunities and dangers in manipulating life for human ends.
Local RiverBy Mathieu Lehanneur
Moss TableBy Carlos Peralta and Alex Driver
Genetic Heirloom SeriesBy Revital Cohen
Biodesign the exhibition will open in Rotterdam at The New Institute on September 27, 2013.
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"biodesign is not about merely taking cues from organic structures and operations. It's about harnessing the machinery of the natural world to perform as nature does: storing and converting energy, producing oxygen, neutralizing poisons and disposing wastes in life-sustaining ways...In the wonderland of biotechnology, bacteria is beautiful, moss is electric and decorative tiles are animated."
"All these works are prominent examples of a nascent aesthetic movement called biodesign, which integrates living things, including bacteria, plants and animals, into installations, products and artworks."
"More and more, living organisms are finding their way into all kinds of materials and
processes--from buildings to clothing manufacturing to art."
"high-minded eye candy and environmental battle cry...Myers is a deft, often-thoughtful guide. He has an unobtrusive writing style that eschews the 'gee whiz!' response that bleeding-edge design typically inspires."
“The large and beautiful book by the young William Myers from New York addresses the re-naturalisation of the habitat and the close integration of nature, architecture and design.”
"Fusing natural organisms with human innovation, these designs -- some of them far-fetched concepts, some prototypes and some completed projects -- re-imagine our relationship with the natural world."