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Next Biobased Building – recap How To Biodesign #5

How To Biodesign – 5

Above this blog, you’ll find the drawing of Herman summarizing our conversation on the Next Biobased Building during How to Biodesign #5. We talked about an animal house as metaphor for biobased buildings by Jennifer de Jonge, the entrepreneurship of Bonnie Chopard creatingregenerative buildings as architect and the grant vision of Ehab Sayed and his team of 12 (!) working at BIOHM on regenerative materials made from mycelium for the construction industry. With a beautiful company promise: the Future of HOME.

This month’s speakers

Bonnie Chopard has experience in the Netherlands and abroad as an architect, biobased builder and in the field of landscape architecture. She works for firms and local governments, and she grows food for her extended family. Restoring soil life is essential to design for climate resiliency, that is where architects and farmers could work together. Bonnie sees opportunities for both new and existing buildings to become healthy, climate proof buildings, and even (food)scapes.

Jennifer de Jonge works as creative combining crafts with new techniques. She is on a journey to use all materials from Dutch forests to make products that strengthen the biodiversity in the very cultivated nature in the Netherlands, like making homes for insects and alternative tanning techniques for leather. She shares her story about materials and how to collaborate to find the solutions that we are all looking for in creating true bio-designs.

Ehab Sayed, Founder and Director of Innovation at biohmhome and PhD Researcher at Northumbria University, is a sustainable designer, engineer, circular economy strategist and built environment innovator with a passion for creating a biomimetic (nature-inspired) circular future that meets our environmental, economic and human needs. Through extensive research on the global construction industry, he founded Biohm, now an ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 company, to develop nature inspired construction systems and materials that champion a transformation towards the integration of biological processes in manufacturing. Leading a solid team of passionate and talented designers, engineers, architects, biologists and business innovators from around the globe he is working towards revolutionising the construction industry.

How to Biodesign Meetup

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 William Myers (curator, author, and teacher in Biodesign), 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 meet-ups 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.

Let’s stay connected

– You are welcome to join this linkedin group for Bioneers to be able to connect with each other outside these meetups.
– Check out the Guardian article on BlueCity. And follow BlueCity Lab on instagram to stay tuned on what’s growing in our Lab
– In case you have no clue what we were talking about when mentioning the Doughnut Economy: check this video for the great work of Kate Raworth and her team.
– You’re invited to the upcoming How To Biodesign meetups, check the agenda of BlueCity for upcoming meetups.