Designing for and with other organisms requires transdisciplinary. For this project, I am collaborating with a lichenologist and a researcher in the field of digital fabrication; we contaminate each other with our respective experiences and knowledge to improve the outcomes of this project and the research in the field.
Barbara Pollini | is a PhD candidate in Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan. With a master in Ecodesign and Eco-innovation and a MA in Computational Design, since 2010 she's dealing with sustainable design and materials, as a designer, educator and researcher. Since 2014 she has been investigating sustainable materials, focusing on the relationship between materials and design for sustainability from different perspectives (circular/biobased/made in waste/DIY/biofabricated materials). For her doctoral research, she is addressing biodesign, an approach arising from the intersection between design, biology and technology; her study lies at the intersection between the constantly evolving concept of sustainability, the material design discipline, and biodesign, aiming at defining biofabricated materials' abilities in restorative and regenerative processes, focusing on living materials and life-enabling materials (e.g. bioreceptive ones).
Tania Contardo | is a researcher at the University of Brescia, Brescia (UNIBS). In 2013 she graduated in Natural Sciences in Milan, where she met the fascinating world of lichenology, an interest that led her to move to Siena to study Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability and to deepen the methods of biomonitoring of air quality through lichens. On this research topic, in 2021, she obtained a PhD at the Department of Life Sciences (University of Siena) with a thesis entitled "Lichen biomonitoring technique for Environmental Justice Assessment and Risk perception assessment in a typical European city, Milan (Italy) ". She has been part of the Italian Lichenological Society since 2016, where she collaborates in the working group on Lichen Biomonitoring.
Davide Paciotti | PhD in Innovative Technologies and Industrial Design, and Researcher at the University School of Architecture and Design of Unicam, in which he hold a course in Digital Manufacturing in the Master's Degree course in Design for digital innovation since 2016. He coordinates the Integrated Shared Laboratories Center of SAADLAB, of the University School of Architecture and Design, where he carries out his research on the topics of rapid production technologies and computational design. His research activity is focused on the evolution that the industrial product could take through new additive manufacturing processes combined with generative parametric modeling.
LaborA | After a call for projects of doctoral research in October 2021, the first prototypes of the project were made at LaborA. Special thanks go to Cecilia Bolognesi and Renato Aiminio for starting the project, and to Filippo Oppimitti for his precious help in the laboratory. www.labora.polimi.it