Narratives in Biodesign Workshop at IASDR Conference

  • Sander Välk (Organiser)
  • Yuning Chen (Organiser)
  • Livia Kalossaka (Organiser)
  • Pschetz, L. (Organiser)
  • Raphael Kim (Organiser)
  • Celine Mougenot (Organiser)
  • Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa (Organiser)
  • Ayn Sayuti (Organiser)
  • Bjorn Sommer (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


This international workshop brought together 20 attendees interested in biodesign and building new connections and crossovers between diverse disciplines. The aim of the 3-hour workshop was to collaboratively investigate and reflect on alternative design modes (transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary design) that are rooted in biological materials, systems, experiences, and interactions. This investigation was called to enable practitioners address complex contemporary societal challenges from alternative perspectives. The workshop provided a complementary perspective to previous similar initiatives by focusing on the process of biodesign(ing). Participants explored state-of-the-art biodesign tools, strategies, methods and approaches. The workshop consisted of brief inspirational talks by the organisers and interactive facilitated sessions where participants explored, discuss and produce their own narratives. Biodesign narratives aimed to support design practitioners and researchers in gaining an overview about the field for carrying out further work, getting insights into the field, building connections and demystifying biodesign for new members of the community. By bringing focus on new and alternative narratives of biodesign, the workshop challenged existing paradigms that position ‘Human’ in the centre of the design process. We explored and proposed alternative modes for biodesign that reflect its potential to create impact on larger-than-human scale through integration of temporal factors, alternative (to human) perspectives and contexts. The workshop offered and questioned biodesign support tools (such as Design x Science cards), processes and methods available now and possibly in the future.
Period5 Dec 2021
Event typeWorkshop
LocationHong KongShow on map