How would you design nature?

Synthetic Biology is a new approach to engineering biology. By applying engineering principles to the complexity of living systems, scientists and engineers are making biology a new material for design.

Synthetic Aesthetics, a project run by the University of Edinburgh and Stanford University, is bringing together synthetic biologists, designers, artists and social scientists to explore collaborations between synthetic biology, art and design.
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The Synthetic Aesthetics book published

02/03/2014 - Synthetic Aesthetics
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Synthetic Aesthetics Friday Late at the V&A

01/05/2014 - Synthetic Aesthetics
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V&A Friday Late – Synthetic Aesthetics!

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Wendell Lim + Will Carey

communication / Futures /
Industrial Design / tangibles
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Fernan Federici + David Benjamin

plants / architecture /
modularity / environment
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Sheref Mansy + Sascha Pohflepp

Lipids / Self-replication /
Protocells / critical design
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Hideo Iwasaki + Oron Catts

cyanobacteria / Bioart /
Tissue Culture
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Mariana Leguia + Chris Chafe

STRUCTURE / oscillation /
construction sound
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Christina Agapakis + Sissel Tolaas

iGEM / energy /
symbiosis / smell
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Latest Posts

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Update: Synthetic Aesthetics in Biodesign for the Bioeconomy

When the UK’s new Strategic Plan for UK synthetic biology, Biodesign for the Bioeconomy, was published earlier this month we were pleased that the Synthetic A...
30/03/2016 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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Letter to the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council

16/03/2016 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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Synthetic Aesthetics Friday Late at the V&A

01/05/2014 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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V&A Friday Late – Synthetic Aesthetics!

09/04/2014 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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"Biogenic Timestamp" at Ars Electronica, Austria and Japan

09/04/2014 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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"Selfmade" human cheese at Grow Your Own… Life After Nature

09/04/2014 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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"Packaging That Creates Its Contents" in Paris

09/04/2014 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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"Biocomputation" in Paris and Rotterdam

09/04/2014 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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The Synthetic Aesthetics book published

02/03/2014 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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"Synthetic Aesthetics: investigating synthetic biology's designs on nature" will be published by MIT Press in 2014. More information soon!
10/06/2013 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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Seeking aesthetic experience in the practice of science

18/12/2012 – Synthetic Aesthetics
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Conversations about Synthetic Biology

19/09/2012 – Synthetic Aesthetics