Martin Malthe Borch

Tuesday, 4th Apr 2017

Martin Malthe Borch

Living system design principles – Designing for or with biology

We are craving for reconnecting with nature. Everything is claimed to be sustainable, green, biodynamic or organic. Architects and designers are increasingly working with living matter as plants, fungi and insects, integrating that into buildings, homes, products and services, but not always with great success.

The existing design principles have been developed around dead materials, and with the human species at core. How will a set of universal living system design principles look like? A set of principles describing successful ecosystem design, a design for several different species at the same time, and where the material applied is living matter, biomedia, that itself continuously live, die and evolve?

Martin will present a work in progress of a series of living system design principles, and the underlying empirical experience, or the theory behind them. He will give examples from his own work, but also draw on examples from architecture, interaction design and biomedia art. The vision is that these principles can serve as a language, and example reference, for architects and designers to increase the chance of success, when they design for or with biology.

Martin is a management consultant, biological engineer, designer, artist and teacher. He holds a master in biological engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU ) and a master in interaction design from Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID 2012).  Throughout his career he has worked with architects, designers, artists and product developers on how to integrate living biological matter into products or systems.  He co-founded the Copenhagen biohacker space Biologigaragen. He has organised and made several hands-on workshops, talks and exhibitions at new media festivals, art fairs and at scientific conferences. He has appeared in newspapers, magazines, peer-reviewed articles and in documentaries about open science, diybio, biohacking, maker culture, citizen science and open R&D, where his ideas, concepts and thoughts often are described as “game changing”, “disruptive” or as “a new paradigm”.

When: Tue, Apr 4th, 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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