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: Sustainability

By 2030, two out of three people will live in an urban area. What are the best practices for managing transportation,... See more
In 1987, the Brundtland Commission first coined the term “sustainable development.” Five years later, the 1992 Earth... See more
Jackson discuses some of the broad strategies that the Agency has adopted to promote environmentalism. How has the... See more
Efficiency measures are widely touted as the lowest-cost, or even negative-cost, solution to our future energy needs,... See more
A conversation with the president of Shell on the promise natural gas poses for the future and the challenges we must... See more
Rather than recover from our economic crisis, we need to rethink it. This means inspiring a shift in leadership habits... See more

Pages