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  • Design Futures Lab: Projects 12/13

    Tashia Tucker, Interactive Floor inspired by Synthetic Biology.
    philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    A collection of full-scale interactive design objects from the lab speculating on our future domestic relationships with synthetic biology, external memory prosthesis, interactive sleep terrains and multi-sensory emotive environments. Projects 12/13 presents the work of 6 Master’s Interior Architecture + Design students pursuing a full year residency in the lab. The Design Futures Lab is a trans-disciplinary design research group led by Assistant Professor Nicole Koltick (Department of Architecture + Interiors, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design).

    opening reception: “Design Futures Lab: Projects 12/13.”
    Tuesday, 07/09 (runs through 07/21)
    6.00–9.00 p.m. / URBN Center Annex
    Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
    3401 Filbert Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    The lab explores applied design research through a variety of approaches including: the exploration of novel form through generative design processes and digital fabrication techniques included 3-D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling, enhanced interaction scenarios which deploy embedded technology including a variety of electronics, sensors and microcontrollers and the pursuit of tactile material, technological and procedural innovations. The lab currently collaborates with a variety of specialists in fields such as ecology, biology, biomedical engineering, interaction design and computer science. The lab mines the terrain of the complexity, philosophy and ecology of design to yield tangible outcomes that have relevance and interest for multiple disciplines and audiences. The synthesis of theory, procedures and technology from a variety of disciplines into compelling future design scenarios is a core mission of the lab. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the projects and immerse themselves in the designed future.

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