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.



There is significant ecological pressure and economic and social value in radically transforming many industries to be more sustainable. From architecture, materials, energy, communication, transport, waste management, food and more, the possibilities of this future bio-economy cannot be fully explored by the scientific community alone. Therefore, designers will need to become exposed to the world of microbiology to not only adjust to, but also develop, future design methodologies.

This subject will teach biodesigners the fundamental principles governing biosynthesis in microorganisms in order to enable them to successfully apply molecular biology to design. Understanding biosynthesis by learning cellular metabolism is crucial for exploring non-traditional methods and materials in design.

This subject brings together and explores the principles and practices of design and introduces core concepts in cell structure, function and metabolism. It provides design students with an essential understanding of rapidly emerging technologies, and science students with an introduction to design processes and methods. Together, students work collaboratively and in interdisciplinary teams to design and deliver a speculative biodesign product based on realistic scientific possibilities.

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