by Lining Yao, MIT Media Lab
7月11日 18:30〜20:00 ＠東大工学部２号館11F 112C1 浅見・川原研
Technology, one might claim, is designed to recapitulate biology: as we strive to design physical objects and architecture that are adaptive, responsive and ever evolving, we find ourselves immersed in Nature’s way. Yet, after years of practice in transforming materiality for adaptive physical interfaces, we realize that it is the combination of the two worldviews — both natural and engineering approaches — that generates a method including their best facets: adaptation with speed, transformation with accuracy, growth with control and response with augmented purposes.
This talk begins with reflections on natural materials, on their adaptive and transformable behaviors across scales. Some research projects will be described, each representing different levels of integration between natural and engineering approaches in order to achieve interfaces with a dynamic output of physical materiality. Those projects were conducted in a collaborative manner with researchers from diverse backgrounds.
Lining Yao, interaction and material designer, is a PhD candidate at the Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab. Her work lies at the intersection of interaction design, material science, digital fabrication and biological engineering. Her goal is to combine natural and engineering approaches in order to develop physical materials possessing dynamic and tunable properties, such as shape, color, stiffness, texture and density. Such design opportunities are embedded in myriad life experiences: the things we wear, objects that we live with and within, play with, eat or drink.
Lining was named Wired Innovation Fellow, and has presented her work on the stage of Wired UK, the Aspen Idea Festival, Tokyo Designers’ Week and MIT Museum. She has exhibited her work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Dubai Design Week. She helped to curate and implement the bioLogic exhibition for MIT Media Lab 30’s anniversary in October, 2015.