BioDesign for Social Impact Workshop

with Eva Auer and Sean Greaves


A participatory workshop exploring the social and political applications of designing with biological systems.

Synthetic biology offers a radical vision for design: people will begin designing, remixing and composing new organisms tailored to their needs and those of others. What living things would members of the public design? And for what purpose?

Biodesign for Social Impact investigates the potential for biotechnologies to alter the social and political landscape of our future. During the workshop, participants will construct speculative futures and design novel organisms inspired by the current news and the capability of biotechnologies

The workshop has been delivered at Dutch Design Week, TU Delft and The University of Edinburgh.

Please follow this link to find a write up of our workshop at Dutch Design Week 2017.

Participants at Dutch Design Week select news articles to inspire their design fictions.

Participants at Dutch Design Week map the human, non-human and institutional actors involved in their article.

Participants at Dutch Design Week construct a diorama to illustrate their design fiction.

A participant at Dutch Design Week presents their project 'Dynamic DNA'

A diorama from the Dutch Design Week sessions.

Participants at TU Delft working on their diorama.

A diorama from the TU Delft session.

A diorama from the TU Delft session.