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Neri Oxman

Architect and Designer,
MIT Media Lab

Cambridge, United States

As creators we must demand of ourselves to invent new ways to live by rather than inventing new places within which to live.

Our tools, technologies and techniques for giving form have grown to the point where we must ask of ourselves to seek not new things to look at, but rather new ways of seeing them. As creators we must demand of ourselves to invent new ways to live by rather than inventing new places within which to live. This insolence requires an openness that is inherent in design, by design; an openness not to resolve existing problems but to seek new solutions and indulge in their appropriation.

I dream of an ecology of the artificial; of a framework, at once theoretical and scientific, that considers all physical artifacts to be children of the environment. I dream of creating a new language in design not mimicking but making nature; of building skins that breathe by osmosis, of prosthetic photosynthesis, and of printing the stuff of life.

Neri Oxman Bio:

Architect and designer Neri Oxman is assistant professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where she directs the Mediated Matter research group. Her group explores how digital design and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems. Oxman's goal is to enhance the relationship between the built and the natural environments by employing design principles inspired by nature and implementing them in the invention of digital design technologies. Areas of application include product and architectural design, as well as digital fabrication and construction.

Oxman was named to ICON's list of the "top 20 most influential architects to shape our future‚" (2009), and was selected as one of the "100 most creative people" by Fast Company (2009). In 2008, she was named "Revolutionary Mind" by Seed Magazine. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA (NYC) and is part of the museum's permanent collection; other exhibitions include the Museum of Science (Boston, MA), FRAC Collection (Orleans, France), and the 2010 Beijing Biennale. She has received numerous awards including a Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award, the International Earth Award for Future-Crucial Design, and a Metropolis Next Generation Award.

Neri Oxman received her PhD in design computation as a Presidential Fellow at MIT, where she developed the theory and practice of material-based design computation. In this approach, the shaping of material structure is conceived of as a novel form of computation. Prior to MIT, she earned her diploma from the Architectural Association (RIBA 2) after attending the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and the Department of Medical Sciences at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.