Research

PhD in Natural Design (2011-) | University of Dundee, UK

Design Education for Sustaining Life: Biomimicry, Biophilia and Resilient Scenarios

SYNOPSIS: Our inner human instincts about the understanding and transformation of our world tend to correlate with how eco-literate and techno-literate we become. Recent breakthroughs in biotechnologies such as editing DNA sequences, implementing smart materials and introducing self-replicating machines contrasts with the practices of low-technologies such as permaculture, deindustrialization and frugality. These utopic contrasting practices raise issues for a synergistic transition through design education and ecological philosophies. My research is a theoretical-practical reflection on experiencing and understanding the innate feeling of being creatively human by learning hand-in-hand with the natural world, resonating with our ethical sense through ‘non-human’ designs and accepting that we have to change along with nature but also that nature will change along with us. Biophilia, Biomimicry and Resilience together as practices, could be the triggers for future bio-literate communities. The focuse of my research aims to interconnect these practices as an alternative means of forming designers as facilitators of intuitive, sensible, and cooperative ways, to create a future where human intention and species intention converge in the act of design for a flourishing planet.

Poster:

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.Centre for the Study of Natural Design (CSND) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD)

djcad-logoCenter for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the School of the Environment (SE)

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Papers>

The wonder of design with-in nature: towards an eco-technic future

10th European Academy of Design Conference “Crafting the future” Gothenburg, 2013

Abstract: Seeing the Earth as a crafted entity is more than a metaphor; forms, processes and systems embedded in all the biodiversity have been creating a living atmosphere and inspiring human creativity for thousands of years. In the age of biology, our digital technologies and sustainability models are re-shaping our culture to flow with the patterns of the natural world. Biophilic trends, biomimetic practices and the search for natural rhythms within our technology are now co-forming a state of transition which recognizes the intrinsic intelligence embedded in animals, plants, fungi, bacteria or even human off-grid communities. This paper describes these practices as eco-technics, and considers the role of the design academy in fostering sustainable scenarios, thereby establishing an opportunity for design innovation and a way of seeing the world anew through the eyes of nature.

more details: http://www.craftingthefuture.se/

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MSc in Industrial Design (2007-2009) | UNAM, Mexico

Design + Biomimetics: A symbiosis for sustainability innovation.

Postgraduate Programme in Industrial Design. Eco-technology Division

In the first part of my work I analyze factors of how human beings loose the connection with Nature and how our “artificial” world now start actions -through the holistic, sustainable and ecological trends- for  a reconnection with all the living systems. This brings the idea of how we start to manipulate Nature, innovate with Nature and inspirate us with Nature to enter in a Biotechnological Age.

Contemporary designers view nature not only as a repository of harmonious forms, but also as a collection of sensible and sustainable structures that use less matter and energy that are more efficient than traditional man-made systems.

For this reason I make a study of how Natural Sciences have established a link with design and in this way may highlight Biomimetics as an innovative, creative and sustainable tool analyzing methodologies and examples of objects, materials and processes that involves this discipline.

Finally from the point of view the biomimetics I question the problem of “waste” to apply the project in packaging trying to make a practical example to make visible this new trend in design.

In the last semester of my MDes, I was working  as visitor student at University of Dundee, UK at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design –   http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/

Dissertation document here (spanish)

 

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