Using a mash-up of architecture, genomics, and microbial ecology Jessica Green an engineer, bio diversity scientist and TED Senior Fellow and her team uncovered that a building is like a planet filled with invisible microbiomes that are as different and varied as the biomes that cover the surface of the Earth.
This discovery opens the door to a new flavor of design - bioinformed design - to generate innovative solutions that promote human health and well being. Her team worked with the Autodesk bio/nano/programmable matter group and our software, Project Cyborg to visualize her findings.
Buildings house invisible microbiomes that are as different and varied as the biomes that cover the surface of the Earth.
BiomeView dynamically maps the airborne microbiomeunder two different design strategies. Classrooms ventilated using a passive design strategy at night (open louvres) more closely track the outdoor air micro biome than classrooms with no night ventilation (closed louvres).
Jessica Green, Biology and Built Environment (BioBE) Center University of Oregon
Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter Group, Autodesk Research