Increasingly, designers are exploring the ways in which living organisms can be incorporated into design. These novel living designs have qualities, needs and design opportunities that differ from those of traditional, non-living designs. In consequence, people will have different relationships with these new living things, and different reasons for using or living with them. To design for the use and integration of these new living things into daily life, it is important to first understand why humans have, historically, lived with other living beings. This presentation examines how and why people have co-existed with other living things, and how we can use this information to create new living designs.
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