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New paper on biodesign published in the International Journal of Design

Elvin Karana’s and her co-authors’ recent paper on biodesign is now published online in the International Journal of Design. The paper, titled “Living Artefacts: Conceptualizing Livingness as a Material Quality in Everyday Artefacts”, offers a novel framework for biodesign.

“…Living Artefacts within their unusual ways, offer novel responsive behaviour and interaction possibilities, and new ways of doing and living, while raising critical questions about care, symbiosis, cohabitation, and adaptation. Taking livingness as a biological, ecological, and experiential phenomenon, in this article, we propose three principles—Living Aesthetics, Mutualistic Care, and Habitabilities—as fundamental loci of designing for livingness. We illustrate the three principles with several cases that help articulate a finer-grained understanding of their applicability in biodesign practice.”

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‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’

Elvin Karana is Research Professor of Biobased Art and Design at the Avans and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, leading the research group Materializing Futures at TU/Delft. 

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Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

The research group Biobased Art and Design capitalises on the role of artistic practice in unlocking the unique potentials of living organisms for everyday materials and communicating these to a broader public. In doing so, the group aims to instigate and accelerate our widespread understanding, further development and usage of such materials. The group’s research approach encourages tangible interactions with the living organisms, such as algae, fungi, plants and bacteria, to explore and understand their unique qualities and constraints through diverse technical and creative methods taking artists, designers and scientists as equal and active partners in the material creation.

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