Symposium at The Design Musuem, London.

This symposium aims to participate in shaping an ecological blueprint for future biodesign practice. It is co-organised by the Design Museum, the Living Systems Lab (Central Saint Martins UAL), The Bio ID Lab (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) and the British Council.

The event will bring together a range of perspectives from designers, scientists, researchers, ecologists, architects, and ask: is biodesign truly addressing planetary challenges, or is biodesign perpetuating a mindset of natural exploitation and business as usual? Can biodesign adopt multi-species thinking? Should this design approach become the norm?

A place for critical review as well as mindful and ethical reflection, the symposium will be structured around 4 panels that will interrogate the practice of biodesign in relation to:

  • Design for biodiversity
  • Design for circularity
  • Design for inclusive futures
  • Design for extreme climate and environments


The Programme

Day 1: THURSDAY 4 NOVEMBER 13:00 – 17:30

PANEL 1: Biodiversity 13.15 – 15.00
How can designing with living systems help restore degraded ecologies and nurture biodiversity?

PANEL 2: Circularity 15.15 – 17.00
How can biodesign accelerate the circular economy to create value from waste?


Day 2: FRIDAY 5 NOVEMBER 13:00 – 17:30

PANEL 3: Climate and extreme environments 13.15 – 15.00
How can living system thinking help us design for disrupted climate and extreme environments?

PANEL 4: Inclusive futures 15.15 – 17.00
How can biodesign help foster community and create manufacturing processes that generate meaningful employment?

Image Source:
© Photo by BIO ID Lab project: Waste Age: What can design do? Exhibition at The Design Museum

Ingrid Ruegemer

Fields of Expertise: Art, Craft, Design