- April 21, 2017
- 6:30 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Nature does it best. Forms and patterns in nature provide an original example of design that works—giving templates to power future human innovations and technologies. Designers, engineers, makers, and innovators can learn from billions of years of productive and efficient evolutionary experience.
Nature can teach us about sustainable technology and innovation. Author and journalist Amina Khan explains how natural patterns point the way to working smarter and not harder, and how the eye of a fly or mound of a termite can lead to technological advances in the very near future.
Join Arianne Gelardin, co-curator at StoreFrontLab, for a conversation with Amina about her new book, Adapt: How Humans Are Tapping into Nature's Secrets to Design and Build a Better Future.
Amina Khan is a science writer at the Los Angeles Times. She's covered the Curiosity's landing on Mars and explored abandoned gold mines in pursuit of a dark matter detector. She's appeared on national television representing The Times on issues of health and science. She's an alum of the Kavli nanotechnology workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the HiPACC computational astrophysics bootcamp at UC Santa Cruz. Photo by Shakir Ghazi
Arianne Gelardin is curator at StoreFrontLab, an experimental exhibition space located in San Francisco’s Mission District. Founded in 2011 by architect David Baker and Yosh Asato, StoreFrontLab prides itself as "a small space for big ideas," supporting conceptual and city-oriented projects that rely heavily on public dialogue and participation. Arianne also consults on the design and fabrication of public artworks for the San Francisco Arts Commission, facilitating the production of such works from proposals to architectural details. Working at the intersection of art, phenomenology, and sociology, Arianne's personal practice finds form through writing, happenings, and visual language.