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3D printed models were produced by Stratasys. Photos: Yoram Reshef

Photo: Conor Doherty

2014 George D. Aiken Lecture

Hosted by the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Keynote address by Neri Oxman: Material Ecology: A New Approach to Nature-Inspired Design & Engineering

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

UVM Ira Allen Chapel
Parking available in the Gutterson Garage after 3:30pm

The speaker:


Neri Oxman
combines breakthroughs in materials science (such as 3D printing) with design principles found in nature. Imagine a skyscraper made with concrete that can breathe and grow and “think,” or a chair that moves with your body. Buoyed by boundless enthusiasm, Oxman’s talks are ostensibly about what is possible when you mix art and science; but really they’re about possibility itself.

Welcome to the world of Neri Oxman, an award-winning designer who looks to nature for practical design solutions. In jaw-dropping discussions of her work, Oxman opens a vista onto a lush, wondrous, and sustainable future within reach—one where technology and nature live in harmony. Featured on the cover of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue (2009), Oxman transcends the boundaries between art, science and environmentalism.

Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Research Group Director at the MIT Media Lab, where she directs the Mediated Matter research group. Her group explores how digital design, engineering, material science, artistic forms, and ecology can combine to radically transform the design and construction of everyday objects, buildings, and systems. Oxman’s goal is to enhance the relationship between the built and the natural environment by employing design principles inspired by nature and implementing them in the invention of digital design technologies.

Interested in nature and design?
Check out this ancillary event:
The Lovesong of Buckminster Fuller