Designing Living Things

We often take biology for granted, rarely recognizing the incredible technological feats of an organism as it grows, heals, and self-assembles—sustainably. As our ability to read, write, and design DNA grows, this power of biology is enabling amazing new biotechnologies to impact numerous industries, from everyday products brewed by designed microbes to programmable materials and living medicines. Biologist, writer, and artist Christina Agapakis explores the many unexpected connections between microbiology, technology, art, and popular culture and imagines a world where humans work with living things to create a more beautiful world.

Speakers: Christina Agapakis
Festival: Aspen Ideas 2017

Share this page

Audio/Video: Agriculture

We often take biology for granted, rarely recognizing the incredible technological feats of an organism as it grows,... See more
The health effects of climate change sound a clarion warning that we must attend to a rapidly deteriorating environment... See more
Social entrepreneurs Anne Kelly of Ceres and Rebecca Onie of Health Leads discuss how they’ve made unlikely allies in... See more
Many of the people doing today’s most consequential environmental work — restoring America’s grasslands, wildlife, soil... See more
The colorful story behind the latest energy bonanza in this red state is the story of entrepreneurs, environmentalists... See more
Urban farming utopias have been envisioned for decades—feed our urban dwellers by growing food vertically close to the... See more

Pages