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Bio Design

Nature • Science • Creativity

William Myers, Paola Antonelli


The first book to address the thrilling new developments in the field of biological design


Bioluminescent algae, symbiotic aquariums, self-healing concrete, clavicle wind instruments and structures made from living trees – biology applied outside the lab has never been so intriguing, or so beautiful. Bio Design examines the thrilling advances in the field, showcasing some seventy projects (concepts, prototypes and completed designs) that cover a range of fields – from architecture and industrial design to fashion and medicine.

The revised and expanded edition features twelve new projects: Hy-Fi (by David Benjamin); One Central Park, Sydney (Jean Nouvel); Guard from Above (Sjoerd Hoogendoorn and Ben de Keijzer); Cell-laden Hydrogels for Biocatalysis (Alshakim Nelson et al); Zoa (Modern Meadow); Amino Labs (Julie Legault and Justin Pahara); Algae and Mycelium Project (Eric Klarenbeek, Studio Klarenbeek & Dros); Interwoven and Harvest (Diana Scherer); Concrete Honey (John Becker and Geoff Manaugh); Bistro In Vitro (Next Nature Network); Circumventive Organs (Agi Haines); Quantworm Mine (Liv Bargman and Nina Cutler). It also includes a new ‘how-to’ section at the end (Tips for Collaboration/FAQs/Further Resources), as well as a fully revised introduction.

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'Insanely weird and absolutely fascinating … I defy you to come away not knowing something new'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Revised

Size: 25.5 x 21.0 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 507

Publication date: 26 July 2018

ISBN: 9780500294390

Contents List

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 • Interviews • Biographies

About the Author

William Myers is a writer, curator and teacher based in Amsterdam. He has worked for The Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Guggenheim and Genspace, the first community biotech lab in the United States. His writing has appeared in Metropolis magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper and New York Magazine.

Paola Antonelli is an author, editor and curator. She is currently the Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design as well as the Director of Research and Development at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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