IDE Design Master Class for Professionals
Designing Everyday Products With Living Materials
Technological and economic opportunities, alongside its ecological benefits, suggest “Biodesign” as a new industrial paradigm for the production of material artefacts in the 21st century. This emerging design practice suggests the integration of living organisms, such as bacteria, (micro)algae, fungi, and plants, into design, as material sources (e.g., animal-free leather and fur-like materials; oil-free plastics and foam alternatives), energy and food generators, light sources, water and air purifiers, heat regulators, etc. However, despite the optimism and determination shared by designers, scientists and industries, thus far, the incorporation of biology in product design remains in the realm of the speculative or produce one-of-a-kind examples. The design potentials of living organisms for novice biodesigners are often challenging to unveil as this requires understanding the fundamentals of living biological systems and bioprocesses.
Biodesign Masterclass offers a two-day program to delve into the fascinating world of living organisms and get acquainted with the fundamental biodesign theories, tools, and methods to understand and design with living organisms for cleaner production and unique experiences in everyday products.
During this masterclass, you will:
- learn the main theory and principles of biodesign;
- get a feeling for biolab tools and machines, basic biolab technical and research skills to grow, maintain, and observe living organisms;
- gain hands-on experiences in designing with a living organism (e.g., fungi, bacteria, algae);
- gain competence in envisioning future applications for living materials.
- Biodesign theory and principles;
- Basic biolab training for safety, tools, and equipment;
- Hands-on sessions with living organisms.
A clear explanation of the theory behind the method, followed by a hands on application of this method.― Participant (2016)
This Master Class provided a method to the madness of material selection, which was very valuable.― Participant (2016)
Elvin KaranaElvin Karana is Professor of Materials Innovation and Design at Delft University of Technology, where she founded and codirects the Materials Experience Lab. Elvin explores and navigates the productive shifts between materials science and design for materials and product development. In 2022, she founded the Biodesign Lab at the faculty of IDE (TU Delft), that aims at designing materials that incorporate living microorganisms.
Dr. Joana MartinsJoana Martins is a Microbiologist specialized in a particular group of microorganisms – the cyanobacteria. Her work has been developed in the marine biotechnology field, namely in the study and valorization of bioactive natural compounds. Since January 2022, she is an Assistant Professor at IDE TU Delft in Biodesign, where she has been dedicating her research to the ‘living-materials’ for everyday products.
|9:00||Welcome and coffee|
|9:30||Introduction and overview |
Presentation of the aim and structure of the course, expectations and backgrounds of the participants
|10:00||Lecture: Introduction to Biodesign |
Motivation, theories, pratice review
|11:30||Workshop 1: Fundamentals of Organisms |
Introduction to the world of living organismsWith demo of Mycelium-Based Materials (Expert: Wasabii Ng)
at Porceleyne Fles
|14:00||Hands On: Biolab |
get acquaintes with biolab rules, tools and equipment's
Hands On: Biolab
Introduction to the basics of microbiology techniques
|17:30||End of the first day|
|9:30||Workshop 2: Designing with Microalgae (Biolab/Hands On) |
Expert: Dr. Joana Martins
|11:30||Workshop 3: Designing with Flavobacteria (Biolab/Hands On) |
Experts: Clarise Risseeuw and Ward Groutars
at the IDE Faculty
|14:00||Workshop 4: Living with Living Artefacts |
Group session on possible application directions for the material (quest: Dr. Raphael Kim)l
Comments, questions from participants, possibilities for future projects
All participants receive a copy of Karana’s book ‘Materials Experience 2: Expending Expanding Territories of Materials and Design’ (2022, Elsevier).
The relevant papers on Biodesign will be send as a PDF to you by mail at the beginning of the course. All materials provided are included in the course fee.
How to prepare?
This masterclass requires no specific preparation.
After the course
Two months after the course, a pre-set consultation timeslot will be offered to all participants to share experiences and ask questions to the IDE Master Class. The format and the timing will be discussed with the participants during the IDE Master Class.
Costs Master Class
|€ 850||for members of BNO, KIVI IO, HumanFactorsNL|
|€ 750||for IDE alumni|
Courses are VAT-free
Lunch, drinks, material and book are included
|€ 100||for each additional Master Class per organisation in 2023|
|€ 100||if you register before 01 March|