BIODESIGN â€œWill Synthetic Biology simply feed into existing systems of use, consumption, and waste or could we design more from it?â€? (Calvert et al. 2014) Predictions are made that bio-technology is the next big revolutionary switch for our twenty-first century. (Calvert et al. 2014) Synthetic biology is a young field and has a global growing power. The field invites engineers, biologists, chemists, physicists, and computer scientists to collaboratively wield life matter. (Calvert et al. 2014) Because the field is working with designers and has a strong connection to a possible future revolutionary shift in our economy, BioDesign is an interesting field to explore. How will a designer take place in such a socially mixed group of people/disciplines, and what new challenges will they face in this environment? The BioDesign case study was conducted partially during the BioDesign Summit, taking place in New York. The summit is organized by a team that is interested in creating a field around bioDesign, collaborating with different design schools or universities interested to work with BioDesign or/and creating a course on this subject. 24 universities took place in a BioDesign challenge organized by the summit. There was a jury of 25 judges from different fields of discipline. The BioDesign course and summit are establishing a field based on new technology, multidisciplinary teams, and opening up to new knowledge. This created a fruitful environment to research the insights I collected as important themes for design students to be made aware of. It was also interesting for me to research the actor-network to understand the intrinsic drive of all stakeholders working with designers.
Dissertation Eva Auer