BIO-DESIGN for the REAL WORLD explores how biology and biotechnology can be designed within social contexts.

As a powerful technological medium after industrial and digital revolutions, implementation and design solutions for biology and biotechnology needs to reflect a diversity of voices to be meaningful in society, not only to be guided by concerns of a few.


Real world problems:

BIO-DESIGN for the REAL WORLD is a transdisciplinary and collaborative research project. We ask what is good design in biology and biotechnology by going through design cycles to define, build, and field-test prototypes that require the integration of wetware, hardware, and software to visualise and address real world problems.

Our current projects derived from our common and local focus on water.


Horizontal exchange:

The project is a partnership between (Art)ScienceBLR with design artsciblr-logostudents from the Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, (Bangalore, India) the Lifepatch citizen initiative in art, science and technology (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), and students at the School of Life Sciences at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland where we are housed in Hackuarium). We collaborate closely with lifepatch-logoNational Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS, Bangalore India), and Microbiology Laboratory of Agriculture Faculty of Universitas Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).


Open approach:

We follow the open processCC BY-SA 3.0 and a do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-with-others DIWO) approach. We actively share and test our work through workshops. Our documentation can be found on the project wiki and we share our code and designs on github and our research and process through videos and links.


Our history:

BIO-DESIGN for the REAL WORLD started as an idea in the hackterialab 2011Hackteria_banner in Romainmôtier in Switzerland. We are part of the hackteria network. Check out Hackteria’s wiki page for other open source bio art | DIY biology | generic lab equipment projects and designs.
The project name BIO- “Design for the Real World” was inspired by Papanek’s book “Design for the Real World”. Our design approach and principles of socially and environmentally responsible design was articulated well-before this project was conceived.

The project was launched with support by the CoDEV SEED grant from EPFL (2.2013-12.2014).

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  1. Hello
    I was googeling about biocurious and searching something similar in Switzerland, preferably in Berne. Somewhere where we could come as normal people interested in biology and technique and learn something by doing with people coaching us. Preferably also available for small children. Is this a place like that? Or do you know about something similar in Switzerland, preferably region Berne? IF yes any hint would be gratefully accepted. Thanks a lot!

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