January 15-21, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
234 Bay Street
Opening reception: Tue, Jan 17, 6-8pm
From flora and fauna-inspired underwater eco-turbines to mussel-inspired soy adhesives and bird beak-looking trains to breathing buildings, the natural world has increasingly become a source for design innovation. ‘Evolution’, curated by Sanam Samanian, examines how biomimicry – the design of products, services, and systems that imitate nature’s models – has given new rise to design thinking. More and more, designers are looking to nature for responsible design solutions, which has been fuelled by innovation in technology.
This exhibition showcases a multi-sensory environment that responds to present-day issues that are affecting design practitioners through a survey of products, things, and solutions. Explore how a group of Canadian designers take a closer look at the naturally inspired paradigms, such as biomimicry, and examine their role and influence in the evolution of design and how they are creatively solving man-made issues and conflicts through design informed by nature.
What is the future responsibility of the designer? How are designers evolving in response to rapid technological advancements? What role does nature play? And, finally, can Human Intelligence design better than nature?
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