Designing with Organisms
Art, design and bioculture
We're building an urban farm, experimenting with new forms of energy, and exploring biotechnology and eco-culture through art, community and design.
A stool of spores
What could future materials and production processes be like?
Jannis Huelsen's project is based on a bacterium which produces an artificial cellulose material. This bacterium counsumes sugar and builds a cellulose fibre structure around any given form. Since the process takes place in a nutrition liquid, the wet material can be dryed later on, resulting in a durable and 100 % biodegradable material. The properties of this material can be adjusted by changing the genetic code of the organisms. In collaboration with the company Jenpolymers , a technique was developed to create a »skin« around a wooden stool frame, f...
Algae as potential to extract bio-oil
Green Transformer design by Yi liu + Luo Jing + Jiang Yu-ning is a solar powered floating device that combines algae with a chemical additive and derives bio-oil on the spot. It is a split-type product and the oil tank can be separated from the main body.
Temporary vertical algae bio‐reactor
Eco‐Pod made by prefabricated modules. The pods will serve as bio‐fuel sources and as micro‐incubators for flexible research and development programs.
Micro‐algae is one of the most promising bio‐fuel crops of today, yielding over thirty times more energy per acre than any other fuel crop. Unlike other crops, algae can grow vertically and on non‐arable land, is biodegradable, and may be the only viable method by which we can produce enough automotive fuel to replace the world’s current diesel usage. Algae farming...
The Moss Table is a conceptual design intended to demonstrate the potential of Biophotovoltaic technology and how it might be applied in the future.
What is the Moss Table?
The Moss Table is a concept product which demonstrates a potential future application of BPV technology.
What is BPV?
BPV stands for Bio-Photo-Voltaic. BPV devices generate electricity from light energy by exploiting the photosynthesis of living organisms such as cyanobacteria, moss, algae and vascular plants.
What does the Moss Table do?
The table incorporates an array of BPV devices which generate electricity. At present the energy generated by the table is not used to power anything. Instead an animation has been created which res...
Gionata Gatto's project is based on the idea of transform those unused spaces in areas completely dedicate to the socialization growing vegetables and fruit.
‘URBAN BUDS’ uses the concept of food as a sign of cultural identity. The very interesting thing about food concerns the aspect of personalization, since all the people involved in this type of activity major their personally visible throughout gardening. The design involves the metaphor of a suitcase as a symbol of cultural background.
8 Extraordinary Greens and FurniBloom
An artist and an architect are combining gardening and furniture design in very unexpected ways.
Energy-packed microgreens growing in small urban spaces. Gardens growing inside transparent furniture. Jenna Spevack's "8 Extraordinary Greens" and Dagný Bjarnadóttir's "FurniBloom" are two projects that are combining agriculture and design in very unique ways.
Master composter and permaculture specialist, Jenna Spevack, has designed an efficient, sub-irrigated system for growing microgreens in small, urban spaces. Household objects, like a dresser, a suitcase, a chair, a kitchen cabinet, and a desk have been modifie...
OFF, SELFLESS and SELFISH
Natural Fuse creates a city-wide network of electronically-assisted plants that act both as energy providers and as circuit breakers.
The main intention of this project by Usmann Haque is to balance the carbon footprint and carbon sink of electricity usage and plants in the system. The electricity depends on the plants just as the plants depend on the electricity.
There is power-activation switch, which the owners can adjust depending on how much they want to use the energy. There are 3 modes, OFF, SELFLESS and SELFISH.
In “OFF” mode, the system uses minimal energy, turns itself on once every hour.
No energy flows to the appliance connected to the unit.
In “SELFLESS” mode, the unit gives power t...
Open urban agriculture and parasite architecture project
Bio-architectural constructions out of moss and seeds
Allison Kudla's project based on the formation of a living and growing biological material via its collaboration with an engineering mechanism.
This system uses a computer controlled four-axis positioning table to “print” intricate bio-architectural constructions out of moss and seeds. Suspended in a clear gel growth medium, the moss continues to grow and the seeds sprout.
The algorithmically-generated patterns drawn by the system are based on the Eden growth model and leverage mathematical representations of both urban growth and cellular growth, thereby connecting the concept of city with the concept of the organism.
Quasi symbiotic environment for machine, fish and hydroponics
Andy Gracie's work allows the electrical discharges of the virtually blind elephant fish to instruct the actions of a robot whose task is to monitor the development of plants in a hydroponic system.