University of Technology Sydney

85840 Biodesign

6cp; 3hpw, on campus
Requisite(s): 85502 Researching Design Histories AND 85503 Thinking Through Design
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.



We are in a time of climate crisis and there is significant ecological pressure, economic advantage and social value in radically transforming and transitioning our industries to become more sustainable. From architecture to materials, energy, communication, transport, food and waste management, the possibilities and complexities of future bio-economies cannot be fully explored by the scientific community alone. Therefore, designers need to become exposed to the world of biology to not only adjust to, but also develop, innovative design solutions and methodologies.

This subject introduces the fundamental principles governing biosynthesis and cell metabolism in order to successfully apply biology to design and to enable students to design with biology. It provides design students with an essential understanding of rapidly emerging biotechnologies, and it gives science students an introduction to design processes and methods. Students work independently and collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams to research, design and deliver a speculative biodesign project based on realistic scientific possibilities.

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