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Cinzia Ferrari
Ma Biodesign

Central Saint Martins UAL

Graduates: 2021

Specialisms: Design Research / Sustainable Design / Design and Technology

My location: London, United Kingdom

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Cinzia Ferrari

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First Name: Cinzia

Last Name: Ferrari

University / College: Central Saint Martins UAL

Course / Program: Ma Biodesign

Graduates: 2021

Specialisms: Design Research / Sustainable Design / Design and Technology

My Location: London, United Kingdom

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I am an Italian biodesign researcher with a natural curiosity for interdisciplinary projects. My journey towards biodesign began during a gap year after graduating in design from Politecnico di Milano when I went to Fiji Islands to contribute to marine biology research studying sharks behavior and checking ecosystem conditions. During my MA in Biodesign at Central Saint Martins UAL, I have explored the strategic integration of biology, design, and technology in diverse projects. This experience has served me as a testament to the benefits of bridging across disciplines in the search for better futures for todays' problems through design innovation. As biodesigner, I constantly challenge what’s possible. I seek new strategies and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown, aiming to influence with my work how designers take action and inspire others to maximize impact.

Cyanofabbrica

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CyanoFabbrica aims at harnessing cyanobacteria’s intrinsic ability to biomineralize for the design of novel biofabrication strategies. My process could be optimized to offset its emissions and the product is designed to be remanufactured at the end of its life. Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic single-celled organisms, they survived the five latest mass extinctions and can be found in all habitats. Spectacular examples of biomineralization are stromatolites, the world's oldest known fossils. My project is inspired by research from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Heveran et al, 2020. Biomineralization and successive regeneration of engineered living building materials. Matter) where it is demonstrated how strong bricks can be created through cyanobacteria biomineralization. The organism took a fundamental part in the design system and contributed to the final aesthetics, dictated by the way this organism binds its substrate. No two are alike. Temples and front are made of biomineralized material, while cyanobacteria pigment phycocyanin was used as print. In order to support my research, I have been co-supervised by Dr. Paolo Bombelli, Postdoctoral Researcher from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge (UK). Project done during MA Biodesign, Central Saint Martins UAL. Tutors: Nancy Diniz, Alice Taylor, Victoria Geaney, Shem Johnson, Julian Jirau, Carole Collet. Special thanks: Dr. Megan Barnett, Prof. Saul Purton, Freddie Elborne (MONC).