I’ve known about E. Chromi for about a year now and actually have been in contact with Alexandra Ginsberg, but what reminds me to post this here is visiting the London Design Museum, where Ecrhomi was displayed. Here is a video explaining the iGEM project. Really interesting and forward thinking about synbio and biotech. After which made a short visit to Royal Collage of Art where I met Anthony Dunne and some second year students in Design Interactions, where Ginsberg herself had studied. I really enjoyed the work that they do, but so far I am most interested in looking at technology as a medium and the applications and ethics of new technologies.
Many people have talked about vertical farming, its time to take a closer look at how it might change our world, its benefits and maybe effects on urban settings. I visited David Benjamin in December and one of his students had ideas for a city with vertical farming and I quickly realized that sunlight is still a problem. If vertical farming exists in urban setting, such dense cities like new york, we can already predict that some buildings will be blocking the sunlight from entering other buildings that are placed in the center. Perhaps the design of the building itself becomes very crucial and instead of lare rectangles the form has to change to address this issue. Perhaps the first floor of a building surrounded by other buildings is not the perfect location for a type of plant that relies on sunlight.