Skylar Tibbits, an MIT Researcher, architect, designer, computer scientist and TED Senior Fellow, is working on BioMolecular Self-Assembly and human scale 4D printing as well as a technology called 4D Printing: Multi-material Shape Change Over Time. His team worked with the Autodesk bio/nano/programmable matter group and our software, Project Cyborg, to simulate various shape transformations and optimize folding sequences in 4D Printing. As he stated, "This software is a great demonstration of the scalability of self-assembly, a design and construction phenomena that spans from the nano-scale to the human scale and promises to reinvent our ways of making in the future.
Using a mash-up of architecture, genomics, and microbial ecology Jessica Green an engineer, bio diversity scientist and TED Senior Fellow and her team uncovered that a building is like a planet filled with invisible microbiomes that are as different and varied as the biomes that cover the surface of the Earth. This discovery opens the door to a new flavor of design - bioinformed design - to generate innovative solutions that promote human health and well being.
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