Open call – Design in a time of urgency

I think this is an open call worth looking at: https://opencall.sciencegallery.com/design Particularly for people in my network, the understanding of what design is and can do, is much wider than that of the average person in design (not to mention the general public). All too often design is confused with styling – I hope this […]

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Microscopic success

I guess even small victories have to be celebrated. My bio-concrete experiment is moving extremely slowly, but it is moving. On a microscopic scale, to be precise. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding things that are so small I cannot see or touch them, but luckily we have instruments that go a long way […]

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Science by smell

One of the unexpected paths I went down over the course of the last two weeks was to judge the success of a current experiment by smell. A bit over a week ago, I started my bio-cementation experiment using a bacterium that can synthesise urea and calcium ions into calcites – a natural cementation material. […]

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Algal thermometer for Interzum 2019

The new, more portable and packable design for the algae-powered thermometer is ready. It’ll premiere at Interzum 2019 from May 21st to 23rd in Cologne. I will also be giving a presentation on plant power as part of the congress “Disruptive Materials” curated by Haute Innovation Berlin. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who was able to make […]

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A/D/O Water Futures

You can still see the A/D/O Water Futures closing exhibition in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, until April 25th. Very happy for my friends Shneel Malik, Brenda Parker, and Laura Stoffels who won first prize in the category “Future Systems and Infrastructure”. Vote on your personal favourite from all category winners here.

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Experimentations with bio-cement

I am excited about having started a long awaited endeavour: to try and create biological cement. The cement and concrete industries contribute a whopping 7% to all carbon dioxide emissions and are therefore serious polluters. Cement and concrete are incredibly prolific and undeniably useful materials, luckily new methods exist to produce them – for example […]

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