Sunday, 2 March 2008

The Soul in the New Machines

Bioengineered crossbreeds. Temperamental robots. Spermatozoa imprinted with secret texts. Although the fascination with organic form has been around since the Renaissance, we have now entered an age in which designers and architects are drawing their inspiration from hidden patterns in nature rather than from pretty leaves or snowflakes. The results can be scary, but they may also hold the key to paradise.


Where Science and Design Collide, a Few Weird Sights to Behold

Things can get weird when the worlds of science and design collide. A new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, “Design and the Elastic Mind,” contains more than 200 arresting and provocative objects and images that may evoke a “whoa” or an “ugh” or simply “huh?”