Projects + Writing
Better: Navigating Imaginaries in Design and Synthetic Biology to Question “Better”

Designers, engineers, marketers, politicians, and scientists all craft motivating visions of better futures. In some of these, “better” will be delivered by science and technology; in others, the consumption of designed things will better us or the world. “Better” has become a contemporary version of progress, shed of some of its philosophical baggage. But better is not a universal good or a verified measure: it is imbued with politics and values. And better will not be delivered equally, if at all. “What is better?”, “Whose better?”, and “Who decides?” are questions with great implications for the way we live and hope to live.

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Design Taxonomy
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Designing for the Sixth Extinction
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Seasons of the Void
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Improbable Africa
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The Supertask
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E. chromi: Living Colour from Bacteria
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The Synthetic Kingdom: A Natural History of the Synthetic Future
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Growth Assembly
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Biome: Experiments
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Microbe Controllers
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Early Exit
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Nano Ecologies
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BioSpy: A Health-Obsessed Robot for Health Obsessives
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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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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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