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by Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa

Research

Synthetic Morphologies is a design exploration project that emerges from a growing design discourse on the possibilities afforded by Synthetic Biology. The 21st century is poised to be the era of biology, very much like the 20th has been the age of digital information. The notion comes from recent advances from Synthetic Biology in manipulating and creating new living organisms that exhibit unprecedented traits in nature. Design, as many other fields, has felt the influence of such a paradigmatic shift. In architecture, for instance, a growing body of speculative work imagines a future material reality enacted by hybrids of machine and living organisms, whereby building are grown rather than constructed.

Yet, Synthetic Morphologies poises the possibility that, in fact, Synthetic Biology presents design with a more profound

challenge—one that invites the restating of the discipline of design itself. To think, for instance, of building which are grown out of pre-programmed living organisms is to continue the classic paradigm of design wherein the designer is an almighty giver of form. I propose an alternative approach—an organicist-inspired material practice for synthetic biology. The projects in this website articulates a discourse that explores the significance and impact of combining design and synthetic biology. Mainly, it envisages a new paradigm in which design is more of an emergent event.

I believe the intersection of design and synthetic biology invites to think of design as a negotiation between different actors, some of which include the chemical environment, mechanical conditions, designers and living organisms themselves.

Projects

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    Click Festival ̵...

    Early in 2016 we were invited to participate in Click, an annual festival devoted to showcasing creative work exploring...

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    ACADIA 2016 conferen...

    In November 2016 we presented our work on Bacterial Hygromorphs at the 2016 ACADIA conference, hosted by...

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    Making Life I

    In may 2014 I participated in the first of the tree part workshop series Making Life, which...

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    Making Life III-Livi...

    The third instance of the workshop was structured as an intensive, one-week work period to work around...

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    Making life II

    Photography by Pei-Ying Lin If Making Life I provided one of the most comprehensive and fast-paced introductions...

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    AA Exhibition in col...

    http://ordinary.aaschool.ac.uk/24-10-talk-by-carolina-ramirez-synthetic-biology-and-the-built-environment/      

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    SynthMorph

    SynthMorph is a computer aided design software design to implement some of the basic notions behind recent...

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    Into the lab

    During the development of Synthetic Morphologies, I’ve had the opportunity to perform a series of experiments in...

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    Biomineralisation

    In collaboration with: Dr. Martyn Dade-Robertson (Newcastle University), Dr.Meng Zhang (Northumbria University) In this project, we explored...

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    Material proxies

    The series of structures depicted in this gallery were produced using SynthMorph. Following the experiments in biomineralisation,...

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    Bacterial patterning

    This project consist of a series of design and laboratory experiments which look at the different mechanisms...

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