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Active Origami awarded for Newcastle University’s Research Scholarships and Expeditions

10 Dec , 2018  

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Emily Birch has been working with us in the lab since this summer on her project Active Origami, an environmentally responsive architecture facade system which was just awarded the winning student poster for Research Scholarships and Expeditions 2018. Her project focused on developing a methodology for Bacillus subtilis hygromorphic bilayers with a latex substrate and suggest how this […]

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Thinking Soils at MIT BioSummit 2018

26 Oct , 2018   Video

We are excited to announce that Thora and Martyn will be attending the Global Community BioSummit 2018. Our video will be presented along side a poster at MIT Media Lab.

Bacilla Spore Actuators, Computational Colloids, Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

The bio design lab in action

21 Jun , 2018  

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    Our team hard at work in our bio design lab in the Devonshire building at Newcastle University in our new Thinking Soils lab coats. After some time setting up we have a few projects that are already making use of the facilities. Here, Beate and Thora have been cultivating and experimenting with a biomineralising bacteria and […]

Bacilla Spore Actuators, Bacillla Vitruvius, Computational Colloids, Thinking Soils

Bio Design Lab is now up and running

15 Nov , 2017  

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We have finally moved in to our new Bio Design lab in the Devonshire building at Newcastle University. So far our work has been spread across Labs at the Centre of Bacteria Cell Biology (at Newcastle University), Northumbria University and Civil Engineering as well as the workshops in Architecture at Newcastle University.  The lab has been […]

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Experimental Architecture Studio 2016: Bacteria Hygromophs

23 Nov , 2016   Video

Some amazing work from this years 3rd Year Architecture Students. This year they developed prototype actuated building skin components based on a hygromorphic material using bacteria spores. The work was presented on Monday 21st November. The results were astounding – as evidenced by the quality of the video above.

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Paper: Bacteria Spores at ACADIA

28 Oct , 2016  

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We have presented out paper on Bacteria Spores at the University of Michigan in Anne Arbor. The abstracts as follows: The last few years has seen an increase in the interest to bring living systems into the process of design. Work with living systems, nonetheless, presents several challenges. Aspects such as access to specialists’ labs, […]

Bacilla Spore Actuators, Bacillla Vitruvius, Computational Colloids, Paper, Synthetic Morphologies

ARQ Special Edition on Biotechnology and the Built Environment

4 Aug , 2016  

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A special issue of Cambridge University Press’s ARQ (Architectural Research Quarterly) on Biotechnology and the  Built Environment has just come out. Edited by Martyn Dade-Robertson and Rachel Armstrong and with contributions from International Designers and Researchers. The editorial is as follows: Advances in the biological sciences have, we are told, brought about a biotechnology revolution. […]

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Introducing: Bacilla Spore Actuators

5 Dec , 2015   Video

Ten undergraduate Architecture students, a level 2 containment lab, the most expensive cellophane money can buy and pipettes full of bacteria spores. What could go wrong? We kicked off the Bacilla Spore Actuator project with a 3rd Year Architecture studio as part of our Experimental Architecture theme. The students worked on designs for a facade panel […]