Neri Oxman: Designing For A Nature-Centric Future, Adam Hencz, δημοσίευση στο Αrtland ΜagazineMarilena Pateraki
What is the role of an architect in the age of climate change? How can we re-design building materials? How can architecture heal the rift between nature and humanity? Pioneer of sustainable architecture, acclaimed designer, and university professor Neri Oxman has spent the past two decades of her career thinking about these essential questions and developing new ways to live. The artist-researcher is known for her innovative projects that combine aesthetics, natural sciences, digital fabrication, and the future-forward genre of Biodesign. Her works have grown in size and ambition over time, giving the materials and organisms she works with—bees, silkworms, fungi, and bioengineered bacteria—more authority. Oxman is now working on the scale of the city.
Who is Neri Oxman?
Neri Oxman is an American-Israeli architect, scientist, engineer, and inventor who has pioneered the advancement of technological developments and scientific research with a focus on integrative design across domains and geographies. After serving in the Israeli Air Force as part of her military service, she attended the Hadassah Medical School for two years, ultimately switching her studies to architecture and obtaining her degree from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. In 2010, Oxman earn her Ph.D. in Design Computation from MIT and founded an interdisciplinary research group at the MIT Media lab: the Mediated Matter group. While working with generative design as part of her material ecology research project, she accepted a faculty position at the prestigious academic institution and was tenured in 2017. The concept of ‘material ecology’ (a term coined by Oxman) had developed to this day as a design philosophy that combines organic design, digital production, and biomaterials.
She founded and leads the OXMAN design company in New York City, which has one main goal: to shift the emphasis from material prosperity that asserts a claim to land as a property to a focus on the wellbeing of Earth and all of its various residents.
Oxman and her colleagues have increased their recognition at events like the World Economic Forum and have been praised on a global scale. The 2018 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award is among Oxman’s numerous accolades.
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