How to Biodesign #29: Breaking down fibers with enzymes
Natural fibers will replace many synthetic materials and bioneers throughout the Netherlands are looking for methods to separate lignin and cellulose. By using enzymes, many polluting catalytic processes can be replaced. How can cell technology be used to make new materials? Enzymes are very expensive although they are produced by nature itself: the mycelium of mushrooms contains many active enzymes. Can we use enzymes as one of the building blocks of the future biodesigner: in this meet-up we talk about how we can use these beauties and how to avoid high costs researching them.
How to Biodesign series
Climate crisis asks for regenerative design. With the meetup series How to Biodesign, BlueCity Lab provides a platform for and by bioneers (pioneers in biodesign). Together with Emma van der Leest (founder of BlueCity Lab, biodesigner and writer of the book Form Follows Organism) and various other hosts we explore the opportunities from a systemic approach to raw material flows, making smart use of the latest knowledge and expertise about circular design, but also from biotechnology and biochemistry.
The monthly meetups facilitate interaction between bioneers who are already working and those who want to get started with biodesign and biofabrication, provide a platform for sharing stories and experiences and actively share knowledge, know-how and insights from the meetups to a broader audience.
This month’s speakers
To be announced
What to expect
✱ An interactive meetup where we share inspiration, knowledge and know-how on a monthly theme
✱ A small group of people/bioneers: every guest has the possibility to contribute
✱ A chance to dig into the expertise of fellow bioneers.
✱ When? 15 November, 7:30 – 9:00 pm CET
✱ Where? ONLINE, broadcasted from BlueCity Lab, Rotterdam
Tickets are €8,50, tickets can be purchased here.
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About BlueCity Lab
With our focus shifting towards a circular economy, it is time to explore the endless possibilities of regenerative design. At BlueCity Lab, we believe that true circularity starts with regenerative design: designs that lead to a vibrant, biodiverse city in which ecological, social and economic values work together in a positive way. The former swimming pool Tropicana is a circular exemplary city in which entrepreneurs use residual flows from the city to create new products and services. In November 2020, BlueCity Lab opened the first circular built biolabs in the world for working with fungi, bacteria and biochemicals. The spaces are available for bioneers working on regenerative solutions.
Word of thanks
The How to Biodesign meetups are made possible with the support of the creative industries fund NL/Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.