[Thesis_Research] BioFabricate Conference 2016

#digitalFabrication #BioMaterials #BioReceptive

Last Thursday on November 17, I signed up for BioFabricate Conference 2016 as a volunteer.

Like the conference name, it shows the future of biomaterials and fabrication and design methods that innovate the use of biomaterials for sustainable, environmental-friendly design products.

In the intersection between biology, material science and design, various novel topics addressed in the conference, such as eco-innovative, circular economy, green building, microorganism, mycelium, sustainability, eco-interior, digital fabrication, bio-composites, para-materiality, bio-receptive design, bioethics, bio-patent, neo-luxury, genetic information, open source, data ownership, DNA, molecular design, protein materials, spider silk and so on.

One topic that caught my eyes was “bio-receptive materials” which are materials that are literally receptive to nature. The objects created by BiotA lab looked like bio-mimicry design that mimics natural organisms’ structures and even functions.

Also, It was a quite interesting looking into “DNA generated humanoid sculptures.” The genetic science and digital fabrication technology ended up enabling us to have our replicas driven by our genetic data.


Author: Jiyeon Kang (Jenny)

MFA Student of Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design dreamealist@gmail.com

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