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Save the Date: "Bioaesthetics: Biology's Visual Narrative" with Bionic City founder, design scientist and systems theorist Melissa Sterry at Interface's Manchester showroom on October 11th 2016.
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Renewing cities: Building environments for new generations is the main theme of the 4th edition of Architecture Conference & Expo. The event, which takes place on October 6th 2016 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, will explore the impact of technology in architecture, public transportation, green buildings, security by design, and cultural/residential/urban spaces. Speakers include: David Cash, Chairman, BDP, Melissa Sterry, Design Scientist/Founder, Bionic City, and Irena Bauman, Professor, Sheffield University.
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Save the Date: Bionic City founder Melissa Sterry will be delivering the lunchtime lecture, titled "BioFutures: building with biology" at Sheppard Robson's Manchester HQ on October 11th 2016, as part of the official schedule for Green Week.
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Join ecologicLogic Studio's Claudia Pasquero [The Bartlett], design scientist/ systems theorist Melissa Sterry [Bionic City], bioartist/researcher Heather Barnett [Central Saint Martins], architect/researcher Emma Flynn [AStudio/UCL], and design history researcher Dr. Paddy O' Shea [Kingston University], as we explore 'Biotopia: towards a biological ideal' at Somerset House on September 24th 2016, 18:00 - 19:00, as part of the official programme of the London Design Biennale.
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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/

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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."

http://www.clotmag.com/melissa-sterry
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Bionic City's website is born at http://www.bioniccity.co.uk  
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