Biodesign: An Emerging Mutualism by William Myers

PRS Australia Keynote Address

‘Biodesign: An Emerging Mutualism’ by William Myers
20 October 2018 at RMIT Design Hub

This presentation introduces the developing practice of integrating design with biological systems, often to achieve improved ecological performance. In contrast to design that mimics nature or draws on biology for inspiration, biodesign incorporates living organisms into design as support structures, material sources, energy generators, security measures, and air purifiers, just to name a few possibilities.

William Myers is a freelance curator and author based in Amsterdam. He has worked for MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, Science Gallery Dublin, Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). His widely-acclaimed books Biodesign and Bioart focus on the links between scientific advances and new developments in art and design. See more at:

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