I presented the work of AA DIP 16 at this event which gathered researchers, entrepreneurs, decision makers and architects for a focused discussion on Biomimetics and Biomimicry in a symposium at KTH Albanova, Stockholm. Additional speakers included Christopher Allen and Denise DeLuca from the Biomimicry Institute, Vincent Bulone and Lars Berglund representing Biomime at KTH, Richard Bonser from the University of Reading, Ulrika Karlsson of Servo and KTH, Antonia Ax:son Johnson as founder of Antonia Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Sustainable Development as well as a number of researchers and representatives from the city of Stockholm. My focus was partly on giving examples of biomimetic references in the work of the students at AA DIP16, but also to introduce the student design project as a platform for collaboration and a testbed that could prove beneficial to interests outside eduction. My hope is that this event will lead to new collaboration in student work as well as in my own research.
As part of the opening ceremony of the Bioinspired Forum exhibition I presented the work of AA DIP16 together with co-tutor Thomas Tong and students Kengo Skorrick and Claudia White. Additional speakers included Ulrika Karlsson (KTH Perfromative Design studio), Denise DeLuca (Biomimetic Forum) and representatives from Malmö Högskola/K3 and 1scale1 interaction designers.
While the presentation introduced the projects developed, the focus was on the specific approach and methodology of the unit, including prototyping, the use of biomimetic principles and the starting point in material systems.
As part of the Bioinspired Forum in Simrishamn, a venue discussing biomimetics and a potential future marine research center in Simrishamn, eight students from AA DIP16 exhibited their work together with the KTH Performative Design studio. The exhibition featured posters and models from the past year´s work.
The exhibition is located in the harbour of Simrishamn, Sweden, and is open from 15 – 23 of August 2009.
Future Exhibitions is a new publication from Swedish Travelling Exhibitions (Riksutställningar), edited by Mårten Jansson. I was interviewed about the work of Diploma Unit 16 at the Architectural Association, together with Mats Brodén, who has given strong support to the work, and has a special interest in bimomimetics.
The publication has also been reviewed on www.we-make-money-not-art.com.