CONVERSATION: How Biology is Changing the Way We Build

Material scientists use bio-engineering to isolate genes for the production of certain substances, like silk for instance. The use of living organisms in the production of new media means that materials can be cultured, labored, alive, “born”, “killed”, and yet immediately intertwined with natural cycles of waste and renewal. Additionally, the processes by which organisms resourcefully build their bodies can be mimicked at a larger scale. Corrie will present several experiments in both growing materials, and generating fabrication methods that take cue from the ingenuity of biological systems, including the growth of synthetic coral and microbial cellulose.

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Corrie Van Sice

Corrie Van Sice is a researcher developing new materials and methods of fabrication. She earned her Masters at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, the self-proclaimed “center for the recently possible,” and currently carries out much of her work at Brooklyn's community biology lab, Genspace. Corrie's personal research applies concepts of bio-mimesis, sustainability and ecological design to the creation of fabrication technologies. Within this realm, she has worked with bio-artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and manufacturing companies attempting to tackle the great problems of mass production, sustainability, and the manipulation of life. She is currently the primary materials researcher at MakerBot Industries, a youthful 3d printing company introducing personal fabrication to individual makers worldwide.

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