Skip to main content

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Our booking system is currently down. Please call +44 (0) 20 7514 7015 or email to contact our team. Booking will be available again in the next 24 hours.


Designing With Living Systems, a New Prerogative?

Written by
Published date
28 February 2014
Carole Collet, image from Biolace series

Image from the Biolace series

As part of the Bartlett International Lectures Series, Carole Collet will be speaking about designing with living systems on 12 March 2014.

With the emerging biological revolution and a set of extraordinary toolkits that allow us to engineer and program life from scratch, comes a need to reevaluate the position and potential of design. Designers have begun to either embrace or rebel against this emerging bioengineered world and as a result, new design directions are beginning to arise. The lecture will expose this new design landscape where fragments of a possible programmable synthetic future are confronted with ‘natural’ alternative design perspectives.

Carole Collet is a researcher, designer and curator whose interest lies in exploring emerging and disruptive technologies through design to create a more sustainable future. For more than a decade, Collet pioneered the discipline of Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins where she is now a full time Reader and Deputy Director of the Textile Futures Research Centre. She has been contributing worldwide on the subject of sustainable design practices, future materials, textile architecture, climate change and the role of science in design. Collet recently curated ‘Alive, New Design Frontiers’ at the Espace EDF Foundation in Paris which showcases how emerging sciences such as synthetic biology will impact on the design of our everyday horizon 2050.

Additional information:

Date: 12 March 2014

Time: 18:30 – 20:00

Location: Christopher Ingold Auditorium, UCL Chemistry Building, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ

The Bartlett International Lecture Series is free and open to members of the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Places are limited so early arrival is suggested. All lectures are uploaded on Vimeo.

For more information and additional enquiries, email