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The Rookies - international awards for young designers, creatives, innovators, artists. Entry deadline 29th May 2016.

http://www.therookies.co/entries

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Come join us as we discuss 'Building Better Worlds' at the Edinburgh International Science Festival  on 29th March 2016...

"Are cities and the countryside distinct environments, or can you bring the two together? With a proposal to create a ‘Leaf Walk’ bio-bridge in Edinburgh, we explore urban planning, green innovation and its links with public health. In this event we will bring together Melissa Sterry, scientist and futurist; Pierre Forissier, director at Biomorphis, the practice designing the Leaf Walk bridge; and Prof Richard Mitchell, Professor of Public Health. You will also get the chance to exercise your green fingers."

http://sciencefestival.co.uk/event-details/greening-the-city

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"Imagination comes before innovation - as many sci-fi authors have shown time and again.

Historian and critic Lewis Mumford once wrote of the works of H. G. Wells, “He enters utopia by hypothesis; that is, without any other subterfuge than an act of the imagination.” While a forefather of science fiction, Wells was by no means the first author to explore utopia, and its counterpart dystopia, through the medium of creative writing. On the contrary, Wells was building on an ancient tradition dating back at least as far as the earliest known literary works: to the very dawn of civilization and of the city."

Read more at...
http://liberti.ne/editions/innovation-and-imagination/


Recommended reading.... 'Human Intelligence and Open Source Technologies' by Robert Steele.

https://www.singularityweblog.com/human-intelligence-and-open-source-technologies/

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Bionic City magazine on Flipboard, January 2016 issue.
 
Free to view on mobile, tablet and web and featuring leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment, with over a 133,000 viewers and over 33,000 followers.

https://flipboard.com/@melissasterry/bionic-city-qftamu0oz
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WILD: ReNaturing the City will explore the value of Nature in our urban lives and ask questions such as: How might we biohack the city? Can we rewild modern life? Is Natural selection a design process? Is unwilding uncivilized? Can designers and artists co-create our future with Nature? Will technology save us? Is our future feral? What does a smart city look like? Are we the regeneration generation?

This symposium will bring together presentations, debate and performance to investigate the exciting intersections of Nature, design, technology and urban life. 
 
Speakers include: architect, artist and technologist Christian Kerrigan; guerrilla geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison; design scientist & futurist Melissa Sterry; Green Candidate for London Mayor 2016, Sian Berry; former London Wildlife Trust CEO Carlo Laurenzi OBE; landscape architect Johanna Gibbons; radical gardener, Richard Reynolds; Nature-based psychotherapist, Beth Collier; chair of Design for Social Innovation at UAL Enzio Manzini; Future Cities Catapult designer, Tim Brooke; documentary maker & campaigner, David Bond; landscape architect Andrew Grant; social/enviro designer Andrew Merritt.
 
Date/Time: February 10th 2016, 17:00 to 20:45
Venue: London College of Communication
 
Find out more at: http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2016/2/10/WILD-ReNaturing-the-City/

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"Nature is wise and has created perfect biological methods and solutions, so why not follow their rules? Melissa Sterry, design scientist and unconventional thinker with a cutting-edge focus on Biomimicry, Living Architecture and Resilience Theory, is a futurist of our planet. Founder and director of Bionic City, Melissa Sterry is blurring the boundaries between environment, technology and engineering.

Based on Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biology principles, Melissa tells us that Bionic City “embraces the European tradition of the imaginary city as a vehicle for philosophical exploration of possible architectural and urban futures”.

Three assets define Bionic City: exploring, applying and experimenting – exploring how principles of biosciences can be used to design, plan and build cities of the future, applying these principles to blend technology and nature to better develop new plans of construction and experimenting with art-influenced by bioscience."

Read more at http://www.clotmag.com/melissa-sterry
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New Thinking in Cities (II), Festival of the Future City, Bristol, November 19th 2015.

"In thi session on new thinking about cities, there are contributions from architect and writer Irena Bauman on resilience in neighbourhoods; writer and place-hacker Bradley Garrett on the need to oppose the privatisation of public space; Charles Landry (Comedia) on ambitious cities; Mike Rawlinson (City ID) launches a manifesto for legible cities; and Melissa Sterry (design scientist and futurist) on bionic cities – how nature would design a city. Chaired by Margaret Heffernan."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb3sM0vjWtA
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What Happened to Utopian Cities?, Festival of the Future City, Bristol, November 18th 2015.

"In the late 1960s the world was faced with impending disaster: the height of the Cold War, the end of oil, and the decline of great cities throughout the world. Out of this crisis came a new generation that hoped to build a better future. Douglas Murphy discusses utopian cities of the past and future with Darran Anderson and Melissa Sterry. Chaired by Jonathan Derbyshire."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVB5lU_h1z8
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Festival of the Future City, November 18th 2015.

"It’s possible to make buildings and places where wildlife can live alongside humans and there are plenty of good examples available. Rab Bennetts (Bennetts Associates) joins Melissa Sterry (Bionic City) and Mike Roberts (HAB Housing) to debate how architecture can help create a nature-rich city. Chaired by John Alker (UK Green Building Council)."
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