Innovation for Adaptive Futures Seminar

Spring
3 credits

Innovation for Adaptive Futures Seminar will examine the potential of sustainable material innovation and
biotechnology to inform art and design. Topics will include: living materials, bioart, synthetic
biology, fluidic interfaces, biomaterials, and more. We will examine a diversity of approaches –
speculative art and design projects, research papers, emerging technologies – and discuss their
future social implications. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary dialog and a shared literacy
of research methods that will allow practitioners from different fields to innovate together
towards a more sustainable and just future. Students will formulate a materials-based research
proposal. The proposal will take the form of a research paper or/and a material prototype
depending on students’ interests. Students will be encouraged and supported to submit their
research papers to a relevant conference in their field.