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 […]

Hackathon

This is the first hackathon to extend and augment the senses. Applicants must register by midnight on the 29th May and if you don’t want to apply, I’m sure there’ll be a kicking hashtag to follow. The idea is to bring together makers from a variety of backgrounds and provide them with a weekend’s worth of time […]

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.

A Code for the Colour-blind: ColorADD

Try to imagine being unable to distinguish green from blue. What impact would this have on your daily life? For the colour blind, simple things like crossing the street, shopping for clothes or navigating the tube can become extremely complicated. However, this may now be aided by something known as ColorADD. ColorADD is a colour […]

Secret Scientist: Suzanne Lee

Suzanne Lee: Senior Research Fellow at St Martin’s College of Art & Design Suzanne Lee used to work as a consultant to the fashion industry and she now focuses on bringing fashion innovation to the market place. Her recent BioCouture project involves using bacteria to produce cellulose fibres that are chemically similar to cotton. Suzanne […]

V&A Museum: The Power of Making

Power of Making Victoria and Albert Museum 6 September 2011 – 2 January 2012 There are three types of making: adding, subtracting and transforming. The V&A aims to take visitors on a journey through these processes to explore the cultural, historical and physical consequences of the objects in our world and the people who made […]