The Biodesign Challenge is an ongoing research-based design studio that introduces new materials, fabrication and prototyping techniques in response to the theme of Biological design. Unlike biomimicry or bio-centred design, Biodesign refers to the incorporation of living organisms and biomaterials as essential components in design, replacing industrial or mechanical systems with biological processes to enhance the function of the finished work. It can also venture beyond functional or speculative design into the realm of fine art, presenting works that incorporate living matter or respond in a creative way to how our shared concepts of life, identity and nature, are shifting. At semester’s end, selected students travel to New York City to present their work at Parsons New School of Design and, if selected, as a challenge finalist at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Oliver Cotsaftis

Emma Luke