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Biological and Social Networks in Cities, TEDxLSE Mar 2015

'Biological and Social Networks in Cities' by Melissa Sterry, presented at TEDxLSE, at the London School of Economics on March 8th 2015.

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Bionic City magazine, Mar 2015

Bionic City magazine, Mar 2015 | Bionic City® | Scoop.it

"Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biology for the Built Environment"

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Bionic City magazine on Flipboard, March 2015 issue.

 

Free to view on mobile, tablet and web and featuring leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment, with over a 129,000 viewers and over 20,000 followers.

 

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Libertine 100, Mar 2015

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Recognition for Bionic City in the Libertine 100 2015.

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Seen Unseen: The Biological and Social Networks of Cities – Part 2, Feb 2015

Seen Unseen: The Biological and Social Networks of Cities – Part 2, Feb 2015 | Bionic City® | Scoop.it

Image: Tree Shrine in Ahmadabad. © Copyright Melissa Sterry

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Part II of design scientist Melissa Sterry's article on biological and social networks in cities for Human Spaces.

 

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"Ahmadabad boasts several notable depictions of the Tree of Life, including the world-famous stone carving at the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque. However, the image we found to be the most poignant in reference to our project depicts the tree as a mirror image, in which the size and the shape of that below – the root system – reflects that which is above – the trunk and the branches. The visual narrative was a clear reference to one of the most fundamental concepts within both religion and science; that of opposing, yet complimentary forces – life vs. death, light vs. dark, material vs. immaterial, and so on. Take away a tree’s root system and, having toppled over first, it will slowly die, as it becomes starved of the nutrients essential to its existence (a matter those touting ‘urban forests’ comprised trees on balconies and roof tops might like to contemplate for while)."

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Bionic City magazine, Feb 2015

Bionic City magazine, Feb 2015 | Bionic City® | Scoop.it

Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment

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New format Bionic City magazine on Flipboard is now live.

 

Free to view on mobile, tablet or web and features leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment, with over a 128,000 viewers and over 19,000 followers.

 

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Bionic City magazine, Jan 2015

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"Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment"

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Bionic City January 2015 issue is free to view on mobile, tablet or web and features leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment.

 

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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#SustLdrConv, Dec 2014

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Martin Brown interviews Melissa Sterry for #SustLdrConv

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Sustainability advocate Martin Brown interviews design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry on Biomimetics, Bionic City and more for #SustLdrConv December 2014 tweet-up. 

 

Storify at http://tiny.cc/sustchat1214

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AIA 3D Printing Webinar

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3D printing or Additive Manufacturing is a disruptive innovation that could potentially create new markets and value networks for both emerging and established practices. As the technology becomes part of mainstream architectural services and project delivery, what kind of changes would this bring? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different 3D printing processes as it relates to cost reduction and marketing?

 

This webinar explores the advantages and caveats of 3D Printing technology in architecture and design practices through a series of three presentations provided by design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry, Royal Academy of Dutch Architects Professor Janjaap Ruijssenaars and NRI’s Digital Fabrication Specialist.

 

Recorded and broadcast by the American Institute of Architects on July 17th 2014, distributed publicly on November 21st 2014.

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City of Life, Oct 2014

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Bionic City and the International Society of BioUrbanism invite you to join us for our #CityofLife tweet-up at 6pm on October 6th 2014. 

 

The 60-minute session is titled 'Sociogenome' and will explore various facets of bio-design within the built environment, including swarm theory, collective intelligence, open-source, iso-benefit, intentionality, bottom-up codes, maker-culture, self-assembly and more. 

 

The second tweet-up in our on-going collaborative series, this #CityofLife session will feature three back-to-back co-hosts, each of whom will focus the Q&A on a different facet of sociogenomics. 

 

Send us your questions and thoughts in advance using the hashtag #CityofLife and follow the tweet-up hosts at 

@bioniccity @biourbanism @melissasterry @StefanoSerafi11

 

Find the transcript of the first #CityofLife tweet-up at goo.gl/Pp7trf

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Oxford Climate Forum, Nov 2014

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On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November 2014, University of Oxford will host its fifth annual Climate Forum (OCF). The leading student-run conference of its kind, OCF brings top environmental figures and thinkers together with over 300 students from Oxford and across the world. Its mission is to provide inspiration and knowledge for tomorrow’s leaders, creating opportunities for young people to tackle the challenges of climate change. 

 

The theme of this year’s conference is Individual, Community, World: ACTION. From individual decisions to community organization to international policies, every action has an impact in shaping our future. OCF will act as a focal point to bring academia and business together in order to understand, empower, and organise the change that is required to meet the most significant challenge of the 21st century. It will consider a wide spectrum of areas—such as research, business, and policy—from the perspectives of both developed and developing countries.

 

The conference will include lectures, panel discussions, debates, and workshops, all of which will inform and challenge participants. Most importantly, this conference will inspire attendees to take greater action within the climate change arena on all levels, from individual behaviour change to international collaboration.

 

Confirmed speakers include design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry, who will deliver a keynote on the role of cities in mitigating the impacts of climate change and its secondary impacts, with a focus on bio-designed architecture and infrastructure.

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Bionic City magazine, Sept 2014

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"Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biology for the Built Environment"

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Bionic City September 2014 issue is free to view on mobile, tablet or web and features leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment.

 

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Leapfrog Project, August 2014

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Bionic City's insight:

Bionic City® is currently participating in several pioneering international projects that explore the potential of biomimetics, biotechnology, biomorphism and biology within the built environment, both now and in the future.

 

One such initiative Bionic City® is supporting is Leapfrog Project, which formed in response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.  Launched at the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Chicago in June 2014, Leapfrog Project explores new theories for both urban and rural development that may accelerate resilience by leapfrogging away from out-dated practices and technologies, to more efficient, more equitable and more sustainable solutions. 

 

Leapfrog Project aims to organize a genuinely collaborative post-disaster rebuilding initiative that utilises wide-ranging local, national and international expertise, efforts, and resources to help Tacloban and its neighbouring cities rebuild with resilience. Its collaborators will engage different schools of thought from design, science, technology and business, through wide ranging interdisciplinary discourse and group activities.

 

Leapfrog Project will further develop ecologically-friendly architectural solutions that help protect the rich biodiversity of the region and beyond. Ultimately it aims to birth a new school of architecture-and-design-thinking from the typhoon rebuilding efforts, which may inform future natural hazard resilience programs worldwide.

 

Those interested in participating in Leapfrog Project can find out more at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Leapfrog-Project-8137176

 

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Bionic City magazine, August 2014

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"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Bionic City magazine, August 2014 issue. Free to view in tablet, smartphone and web formats on Flipboard, with over 121,000 readers and featuring leading-edge developments in biomimetic systems, biotechnologies and bio-inspired concepts for the built environment. Search 'Bionic City' in Flipboard app or browser to view.

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Biophilic Design at Clerkenwell Design Week, May 2015

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Clerkenwell Design Week, London, May 19th and 20th 2015.

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"At this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, Interface will be exploring the positive impact of nature inspired design and well-being. 

 

During the event, the global modular flooring manufacturer will be hosting a series of inspirational talks on the topic from influential industry figures including: Sebastian Conran, Industrial Designer and Founder of Sebastian Conran Associates; Oliver Heath, Biophilic Design Ambassador for Interface and Founder of Heath Design; David Oakey, Designer and Owner of David Oakey Design; Melissa Sterry, Design Scientist; and Elina Grigoriou, Interior Designer and Founder of Grigoriou Interiors. 

 

The Interface Concept Design team will be on hand to discuss more about the art of biophilic design and creating human-centred spaces that can positively impact occupant health and well-being. This will also include the latest industry trends, design concepts and products from Interface."

 

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Decode Design interview with Melissa Sterry, Mar 2015

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"What humankind considers a force for destruction, nature considers a force for creation" Melissa Sterry

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New Italy-based design platform Decode Design interview design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry on ecologically inspired design and projects including Bionic city. 

 

http://designdecode.org/interview/melissa-sterry/

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Bionic City #SciArt, Mar 2015

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Artworks submitted for #SciArt 2015
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Pinterest of Bionic City's contribution to Scientific American's #SciArt 2015.

 

https://uk.pinterest.com/melissasterry/sciart/

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Seen Unseen: The Biological and Social Networks of Cities – Part 1, Feb 2015

Seen Unseen: The Biological and Social Networks of Cities – Part 1, Feb 2015 | Bionic City® | Scoop.it
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Design scientist Melissa Sterry writes on biological and social networks in cities for Human Spaces.

 

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"Ancient though its origins are, the Tree of Life and its potent symbolism remain as relevant today, if not more so, than when it was very first conceived. A universal motif, adopted both by religion and science, across millennia, it illustrates that since time immemorial humanity has perceived the connectivity of all things, both seen and unseen.

 

The Tree of Life is by far the most simple, yet the most effective, therein successful metaphor ever created. Fundamental to its every incarnation is the notion of complex adaptive systems: of cause and effect at scale. Commonly employed to illustrate the connectivity of all living things, be that by Charles Darwin, or by the authors of innumerable ancient mythological and religious texts, the Tree of Life is a tool that helps us to understand our place in the world, both in the present, and the eternal".

 

Continue reading at http://humanspaces.com/2015/02/20/seen-unseen-the-biological-and-social-networks-of-cities-part-1/

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Bionic City in #MagsWeLove

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"Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment"

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Bionic City magazine featured in Flipboard's #MagsWeLove Valentine's Day special - the top 75 magazines its team loves.

"From luminescent forests to glow in the dark buildings, Melissa Sterry's Bionic City is full of the kind of wonders you thought you could only dream up. Before reading this magazine, I had no idea that biology and science could be so well integrated into urban landscapes. I can't wait to see what Melissa flips in next!"

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Bionic City magazine, Dec 2014

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"Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment"

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Bionic City December 2014 issue is free to view on mobile, tablet or web and features leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment.

 

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Bionic City magazine, Nov 2014

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"Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment"

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Bionic City November 2014 issue is free to view on mobile, tablet or web and features leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment.

 

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Bionic City magazine, Oct 2014

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"Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment"

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Bionic City October 2014 issue is free to view on mobile, tablet or web and features leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment.

 

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Forty Over 40 Asks, Sept 2014

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Forty over 40 interview 2014 honouree, design scientist, futurist and founder of Bionic City, Melissa Sterry, in which she talks biomimetics, biodiversity and more. 

 

http://fortyover40.com/40-over-40-asks-11-questions-for-melissa-sterry-design-scientist-futurist/

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Leapfrog From Disaster, 2014

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“… Leapfrog Project’s role and potential for the Philippines is staked out... (This) symposium will be hugely important as the one year anniversary of the disaster (Haiyan/Yolanda) approaches.” USA Ambassador (ret) John F. Maisto, President of the US-Philippines Society

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Organized and led by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA and Leapfrog Project, with the American Institute of Architects’ AIA NY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) and AIA International, Leapfrog from Disaster will be held in the Philippines on November 1 – 7, 2014 to bring together world-leading pioneers in Resilience, Architecture, and Ecology.

 

Coinciding with the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, Leapfrog from Disaster is set to be a truly radical symposium that will both generate and seed distinctive new built environment solutions to the challenge of natural hazards.

 

Leapfrog from Disaster will explore new theories for both urban and rural development that may accelerate resilience by moving away from out-dated practices and technologies, to more efficient, more equitable and more sustainable solutions.

 

Speakers and delegates alike will be challenged to re-invent the post-disaster paradigm, going beyond current aspirations and expectations in post-disaster rehabilitation.

 

Its aims to: 

 

• organize a genuinely collaborative post-disaster rebuilding initiative that utilizes wide-ranging local, national and international expertise, efforts, and resources to help Tacloban and its neighboring cities rebuild with resilience.


• engage different schools of thought from design, science, technology and business, through interdisciplinary discourse and group activities both during and after the symposium.


• birth a new school of architecture-and-design-thinking from the typhoon rebuilding efforts, which may inform future natural hazard resilience programs worldwide.


• develop ecologically-friendly architectural solutions that help protect the rich biodiversity of the region and beyond.

 

Speakers include: Jose Emmanuel H. Jalandoni, snr vice president, Ayala Land, Inc; James Karl Fischer, president, RIBA-USA and director, The Zoological Lighting Institute; Melissa Sterry, design scientist and futurologist, Bionic City and University of Greenwich; Scott Countryman, managing director, The Coral Triangle Conservancy; Christine E. Bruckner, region president, AIA International; Romeo Santos, professor, College of Architecture, University of the Philippines ; Lira Luis, trustee, RIBA-USA Board, chief collaboration architect, ALLL.

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Join Bionic City on Twitter

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"Bionic City® asks 'how would Nature design a city with resilience to natural hazards?': a research project run by design scientist @MelissaSterry since 2010"

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Follow now at https://twitter.com/BionicCity

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Artify your Abstract

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Sterry's AGU 'Artify your Abstract' submission 'artifies' her abstract for the annual lecture she delivered for the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA) USA at their Annual General Meeting, which was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Chicago on June 26th 2014. 

 

Lasting 60-minutes, her talk discussed the potential for biomimetics, biotechnology and biomorphic design within the cities of today and tomorrow, as well as broader aspects of the relationship between humanity and nature, including the role of biodiversity within the urban context, the value of ecosystem services and the importance of cities in preserving biodiversity, both indigenous and migratory. She further discussed her PhD research and her creative project Bionic City, both of which she initiated in January 2010. The former explores the potential of the city as a complex adaptive system which mimics the behaviours, relationships and systems found in nature that build resilience to wildfires, droughts, heat waves and floods. The latter investigates the broader question of "how would nature design a city?", developing original research, concepts and creative works, both independently and in collaboration with a global community of like-minded scientists, architects, technologists and designers.

 

Having spent several years at art and design school during her teens and early twenties, and started her career working as a cross disciplinary designer, Sterry chose the medium of collage for her 'Artify your Abstract' submission. The piece layers several images she has taken when examining biological and geological materials under the microscope. Atop of these sit a diagram of one of the principal theories Sterry applies within her research, Panarchy, as defined by ecologist C. S. Holling. Above this Sterry graphed an image of a strange attractor, which sourced using a Creative Commons license, references the application of Chaos Theory within her hypothesis, as discussed during the lecture to which the abstract relates.

 

Sterry's RIBA-USA Annual Lecture Abstract read:

 

Learning from Life: The Biologically Informed City

 

How can biology potentially inform and inspire the cities of the now, near and far future? What insights into tackling urban challenges including resource shortages, pollution, waste, inequality and extreme weather might we gain from mimicking the physiology and behaviour of flora and fauna species? What are the very latest developments in Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biomorphic Design, and where might these take architecture and related disciplines? How might cities play a critical role in biodiversity conservation in the coming century and beyond? Sterry will present answers to these questions and more, as she discusses both her own research and development projects, and those of her peers in bio-informed design and technology worldwide.

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