From our organizers:
What does it mean to design something? Can you “design” living things? Can we, or should we, control “Nature?” Are we part of or apart from Nature? Should we have let Buckminster Fuller build a giant dome over Manhattan in 1960!? In this class, we’ll explore these big-picture questions via the engineering terms biomimicry, biodesign, living machine, and others within the context of food and agriculture.
After a historically grounded introduction to some core concepts, we’ll take a tour through a rogue’s gallery of eco-designs from the aquaponics systems of John and Nancy Jack Todd to CRISPR-edited crops, and from plant factories in major cities to farms on Mars. Then, we will collectively workshop one future for the city of New York by making design interventions, of any level of whimsy, involving edible living things.