Biodesign Here and Now


Located in OpenCell, London, 2019


Collaborated with Thora H Arnardottir, Assia Stefanova, Sunbin Lee 

with the help fabrication specialist  Ed Robinson.







As an architecture collective of Ph.D. researchers specialising in living technologies for the future, our mission is to challenge conventional methods of construction by proposing an ecocentric alternative. We believe that the buildings of the future should be living, breathing and inclusive of nature. 

Yggrasil present in almost every mythology, an image of the mighty tree, signifying the interconnectedness of nature with its branches and roots, representing the cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth. In the imaginary of Norse cosmology, mistreating and exploiting this embodiment of nature endangers the realm of men reflecting our current ecological dilemma.

Inspired by this imaginary, our living installation reflects on the image of the cosmological tree Yggdrasil, and dives into a collaboration with nature, highlighting the need for a non-anthropocentric understanding of our environment and a respect for life on its various scales.


The exhibit features a collection of living experimental setups that utilise laboratory protocols to sustain living organisms and demonstrate the process of creation with biological materials. Each display is at a different stage of inception, demonstrating different methods of cultivation as well as finished products. The different pieces create microcosms where species thrive and meet, crossing the boundaries of isolated research to create hybrid ecologies that reflect the natural networks present in nature. 

They utilise scaffolds and moulds of various types to assist their growth and potential wider application into the building realm. The making process is central to the work with each piece demonstrating a fabrication practice that has transitioned from a laboratory environment into the social realm. 

BACTERIAL SCULPTING   [Thora H Arnardottir ]


The cementation performance results from finely tuned techniques where nucleation, chemical reaction and flow play an essential role to define the final shape. 


LIVING FABRIC: ALGAE  [Assia Stefanova]


Life occurs on a multitude of scales, within the human body as well as our manmade surroundings, our surfaces are active, ever changing and responsive. 



Living biota reside within everchanging landscapes, dynamically adapting to survive and withstanding hostile landscapes. 




Living bacterial membranes form a palingenetic material ecology that transcends finite cycles of generation and material breakdown. 

OpenCell, London


Image from "Biodesign Here Now" exhibition. 

 © 2019 by Dilan Ozkan 

Architecture | Biodesign | Living Materials

 Newcastle upon Tyne

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