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Neri Oxman

Nature x Humanity

The podcast and video from this talk will be released soon, and available on Long Now and YouTube.

Join us for an evening with architect & designer Neri Oxman that explores her work in Material Ecology —  the fusion of nature and technology in our built environments. The talk will be followed by a conversation with Oxman and Long Now co-founder and 10,000 Year Clock designer Danny Hillis.

This program is presented in conjunction with Neri Oxman's new exhibition at SFMOMA. Encompassing 40 installations and artworks, the exhibition illuminates her design practice, founded to advocate for environmental health and to "resonate with nature, not against it."

Working at the intersection of technology and biology, architect and designer Neri Oxman is calling for a fundamental shift in the way we design and construct the built environment - to one that aligns with principles of ecological sustainability.

Oxman and her team draw on multiple scientific fields to invent new manufacturing practices that grow rather than assemble. Oxman advocates for advancing a new kind of ecology in which the assembly line is replaced by environmentally informed multi-functional materials, products and buildings: a Material Ecology.

This emergent field of Material Ecology presents new opportunities for design and construction that are inspired, informed, and engineered in collaboration with Nature.

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