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SOME THINGS
NEVER CHANGE

silk. Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje
Dros, for example, cultivate and process algae into a
bioplastic-transforming all that carbon humans have
been pumping into the atmosphere into biomass.
Even in the face of mass disruption,
"Everything that surrounds us-our products, houses,
some fundamentals will remain:
and cars-can be a form of CO2 binding. If we think in
these terms, makers can bring about a revolution. It's
about thinking beyond the carbon footprint: instead
of zero emissions we need 'negative' emissions," the
designers say on their site.
For Kelly Harris Smith, a designer and creative
director in Boston, there is room for hope. "Advances in
biotechnology will influence manufacturing efficiencies,"
she says. "These new materials can impact all scales of
design projects, from architectural building materials
to the content of threads and yarns used for textiles in
fashion, furniture, and interior design."
Nancy Diniz, founder of bioMATTERS and founder
and co-principal of Augmented Architectures in New
York, is using mushroom mycelium to create acoustic
panels and decorative objects. "I truly believe biomaterials
and biodesign are the future," she says.
But before these materials can cause a true paradigm
shift, the gap between ideation and manufacturing must
close, says Diniz.
"It's a very emergent movement," she says. "There's a
lot of people doing really exciting things ... but how do we
scale this up to real products?"
Pushing these materials forward will require close
collaboration between designers and scientists. Apparel
As extreme weather events increase, designers and
giant Puma, for example, teamed up with the MIT
architects will have to think a lot harder about resiliency,
Design Lab to produce, among other concepts, an
says William R. Halter, vice president at Elkus Manfredi
athletic shoe that grows its own air passageways to keep
Architects in Boston. "Sustainability has been part of
the user's feet cool.
our vocabulary now dating back into the
But designers don't necessarily
early '90s when it was the hottest topic
always have the knowledge they need to
out there," he says. "Now resiliency is
collaborate with the scientists. "It's kind
supplanting that a bit."
of a learning curve," Diniz says. "It takes
For example, the design of the St.
time to adjust to different ways of thinking,
Regis mixed-use development project
different ways of speaking."
began on the heels of Hurricane Sandy,
Higher learning is helping close that
which influenced how designers at Elkus
gap. In a bid to encourage more ecoManfredi thought of creating a resilient
friendly focused innovation, Diniz worked
design. It was one of the most devastating
with Central Saint Martins college in
Adelia C. Schleusz, IIDA, RID
storms to ever hit the New England
London to launch a master's degree
coastline; however, most of the damage
in biodesign.
wasn't the result of wind or rain, but the storm surge
Resiliency Is the New Sustainability
that followed, says Halter. "We had lots of destruction.
While these new materials will play an essential role in the
So we realized this is something that you can't overlook.
future of our built world, so too will concrete, stone, sand,
It's within an area that's going to be impacted more
and metal-the traditional resources needed to reinforce
frequently by these types of dramatic climate swings. And
coastlines and river banks from the effects of climate change.
therefore we have to be prepared for that."


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