Bio Design

Bio Design

Nature • Science • Creativity

  1. William Myers
  2. Foreword by Paola Antonelli
  • ISBN 9780500291504
  • 25.50 x 21.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 288pp
  • 467 Illustrations, 436 in colour
  • First published 2014

Biology applied outside the lab has never been so intriguing, or so beautiful, featuring fabric grown from food waste, self-healing concrete, leaves that glow in the dark, and DNA that stores data, Bio Design explores a future that may be closer than we think.

‘Insanely weird and absolutely fascinating … I defy you to come away not knowing something new, or looking at nature or biology in a slightly different way’ – Biosphere
'The biggest innovations of the twenty-first century will be the intersection of biology and technology. A new era is beginning.' – Steve Jobs

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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.

    Introductory Essay: Beyond Biomimicry, by Paola Antonelli
    The Architectural Hybrids: Living Structures and New Ecological Integrations
    Object Engineering: Replacing Industrial and Mechanical Processes
    Functions: Speculative Objects, Teaching Tools and Provocations
    Dynamic Beauty: Crawling off the Auction Block
    Profiling Programs and Collaborations

William Myers is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ MFA program in design criticism. He currently teaches design history at Hunter College and works for the Museum of Modern Art.