Writing
Design Pour La Sixième Extinction

Through the language of design, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg tests and explores the delicate relationship between synthetic biology and conservation.

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Writing
Synthetic biology could use some questions from humans
Wired UK

As sustainable cleaning-product company Ecover discovered, the question whether synthetic biology is a sustainable technology still needs to be answered. 

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Projects
Design Taxonomy
Writing
Digital Farming: Robocrop
Icon Magazine

Farmland is becoming digitised, with the giants of global agribusiness developing combine harvesters that drive themselves and drones that monitor the water content of crops. Humans, meanwhile, continue their retreat from the land.

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Writing + Curation + Editions
Synthetic Aesthetics book
Projects
Designing for the Sixth Extinction
Projects
Seasons of the Void
Projects + Writing
The Dream of Better

How are visions of ‘better’ futures shaped? The PhD research is investigating the role of design in the construction and communication of hope around the future, and through practice-based research, is developing experimental design approaches that test whether design could take a more active, critical—and even guiding role—in our understanding of a ‘better future’.

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Writing
The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology
Volume magazine

While synbio start-ups—large and small—struggle with the reality of scaling up microscopic cellular factories into profitable business models, stories of DIY anti-cancer research, Neanderthal cloning, limitless ‘green’ kerosene, and tumor-killing bacteria are told as outcomes of a likely future where humans have full control over biology.

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Writing + Curation + Editions
Grow Your Own... Life After Nature
Writing
Molecular Gastronomy of the Future
DAMn magazine

For better or for worse, some foodstuffs are becoming unrecognisable in relation to their originals, if not visually then compositionally. In other cases, they are exploited merely to humour us.

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Writing + Curation
Synthetic Aesthetics
Writing
Designs on Nature
RSA Journal

Synthetic biology has the potential to transform the manufacturing sector, but it requires a new way of thinking about the relationship between design and science, between nature and industry, and even between creator and product.

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Editions
Limited Edition: Growth Assembly
Writing
Guest Editor of “Aesthetics” Issue
Current Opinion in Chemical Biology

What is aesthetics in chemical biology? Can we get away from the idea of "beautiful science," and find a more functional aesthetic in the scientific process?

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Projects
Improbable Africa
Projects
The Supertask
Editions
Limited Edition: E. chromi, The Scatalog
Writing
The Irrational Genome Design Contest
Thresholds Journal

Proposing an alternative vision for synthetic biology, The Irrational Genome Design Contest celebrates unintentional design and the wider ecosystem, encouraging nature to better design itself.

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Writing + Curation
Synthesis Exchange Laboratory

Design of a 6-day lab course for artists, designers, scientists, engineers & others to research Synthetic Biology with an aim to 'make biology easier to engineer'

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Projects
E. chromi‚Ä®: Living Colour from Bacteria
Projects
The Synthetic Kingdom: A Natural History of the Synthetic Future
Projects
Growth Assembly
Writing
The Well-Oiled Machine
Icon Magazine

“Not again,” he whispered to himself in dismay. “It’s the damned Lubricant, and it was Supa FoolProof this time”. He hated his car, everything he poured into it, everything that seeped out of it. He couldn’t even call it a car, but the nostalgic word took the edge off his fury.

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Projects
Biome: Experiments
Writing
The Biological Turk
The New City Reader, New Museum

While efforts to reconstruct the elusive magic of human problem-solving and instinct in silicon continue, other researchers are finding novel ways to combine silicon computing with one of nature’s best computers: our own grey matter.

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Projects
Microbe Controllers
Writing
To Form and Multiply
Design Indaba

Synthetic biology promises a shift from biology as science towards “biology as technology”. If biology has up until now been descriptive—the investigation and unravelling of complex living systems—then synthetic biology proposes the construction of a design framework for a prescriptive biology.

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Projects
Early Exit
Writing
Design Evolution: Microbes and the Everyday

What does design, integral to the developments of the Industrial and Information Revolutions, have to ‘offer’ to the manipulation of living organisms for technological purpose?

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Projects
Nano Ecologies
Writing
Building new life forms at the iGEM Jamboree
Wired.co.uk

When you're faced with the entire living kingdom as a materials library, what do you design? With this question in mind, I walked into the 2009 International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Jamboree, equipped with an aluminium briefcase full of multi-coloured poo.

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Projects
BioSpy: A Health-Obsessed Robot for Health Obsessives
Projects
Self-Worth: Genetic Credit after the Crunch

After the Credit Crunch, what will we be left with? Cash, currency, stocks and possessions will be worthless.

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Projects
Touching the City

Touching the City is a design research unit that investigates the ways in which we interact with the city, observing the public realm and our relationship with the unremarkable spaces we use and inhabit every day.

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Writing
The Synthetic Kingdom
Second Nature: International Journal of Creative Media

Our increasingly complex scientific world functions in the realm of the microscopic, obscuring the macroscopic big picture. Secreted away in the laboratory, biotechnology is unapproachable, yet it promises to change our lives.

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