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Synthetic Biological Construction: Beyond 'bio-inspired' in the design of new materials and fabrication systems

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Martyn Dade-Robertson, Dr Aurelie Guyet, Dr Helen Mitrani, Professor Anil Wipat



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This paper introduces the concept of Synthetic Biological Construction through our project Computational Colloids. The paper suggests a framework for Synthetic Biology to be integrated with Civil Engineering. Through in vivo (in the living) and in silico (digital computational) work, we describe the first steps towards a system that integrates the analysis and synthesis of material construction through engineered biological agents. It is proposed here that such a system would lead to a new paradigm in architecture and engineering design.

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Author(s): Dade-Robertson M, Rodriguez-Corral J, Guyet A, Mitrani H, Wipat A, Zhang M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 3rd International Conference Biodigital: Architecture & Genetics

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 292-301

Print publication date: 07/06/2017

Online publication date: 07/06/2017

Acceptance date: 30/05/2017

Date deposited: 08/06/2017

Publisher: UIC