NatureTech, a multi award winning series, explores biomimetics – the science of looking to nature for answers to modern problems.
Why are blossoms never dirty and can we also make our cars that way? Why can geckos walk on the ceiling and can we use their tricks to create better adhesives? Why is the spider’s web tougher than steel?
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Wanderers is a collaborative project between Neri Oxman (and the team at the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab), Christoph Bader & Dominik Kolb (Deskriptiv) to create four digitally grown and 3d printed wearables that could embed living matter. The teams are working on a computational growth process which is capable of producing a wide variety of growing structures. Inspired by natural growth behaviour, the computational process creates shapes that adapt to their environment. Starting with a seed, the process simulates growth by continuously expanding and refining its shape. The wearables are designed to interact with a specific environment characteristic of their destination and generate sufficient quantities of biomass, water, air and light necessary for sustaining life: some photosynthesize converting daylight into energy, others bio-mineralize to strengthen and augment human bone, and some fluoresce to light the way in pitch darkness.
I talked a lot about what I wanted over the past few weeks and started to search the web. I found a really good “thing” that could be the ground to build on.
What really fascinated me was how natural things grow and are build. Is it predictable? Can we influence it to create new shapes? I know we can but can I do this?
I didn’t know where to start but I found the term “morphology” what seems to question and research the same fields as where I want to be in.
“Morphology is a branch of biology dealing with the study of the form and structure of organisms and their specific structural features. This includes aspects of the outward appearance (shape, structure, colour, pattern,size), i.e., external morphology (eidonomy) as well as the form and structure of the internal parts like bones and organs, i.e., internal morphology or anatomy”
I’m going to search for the book “metamorphosis of plants” from Goethe and see where it takes me.