Building healthy communities: mental healthcare

Over the past few decades, an increasing amount of research has highlighted the links between the built environment and mental health. On one hand, the built environment is often seen as a significant source of mental distress, while on the other, thoughtfully designed spaces and places destined for mental health care are central for positive […]

Light and Dark Matters: Harnessing Light

From gas lamps to LEDs and medical lasers, a panel of artists, scientists and theorists asks what role light plays in the discovery of new frontiers in art, design, technology and medicine? With artists Roger Hiorns and Flow Motion, professor and engineer Harald Hass and professor of physics Kishan Dholakia. This event will be chaired by Sean Cubitt. […]

Light and Dark Matters: The Power of Light

How does light help us understand space and time? How does it shape our material world and how do we shape light through technology, architecture, art and design? Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and internationally acclaimed artist Liliane Lijn discuss the power of light, its transformative and […]

Designing Nature

Biology appears to be less law-like than its sister sciences, but could we change this with design? Jane Calvert and Alistair Elfick discuss synthetic biology, an emergent discipline that aims to rationally design and fabricate biological devices; and how applying engineering principles to living systems might help us harness the power of the natural world. This is the final of three guest-curated talks by Michela Massimi.