Peter Yeadon (Professor, Interior Architecture) has been included in a new book by Actar Publishers, the book features a nano-robotics project developed at his practice in New York City. The book, XXL – XS. New Directions in Ecological Design, was edited by Dr. Mitchell Joachim (New York University) and Michael Silver (University of Buffalo), with interviews and essays by many preeminent designers and scholars. The editors summarize the thesis of the book as follows:
“XXL-XS represents the emerging discipline of ecological design by assembling a wide range of innovators with diverse interests. Geo-engineering, synthetic biology, construction site co-robotics, low-energy fabrication, up-cycling waste, minimally invasive design, living materials, and molecular self-assembly are just a few of the important advances explored in the book. At one extreme are massive public works, at the other, micro to nano-sized interventions that can have equally profound impacts on our world. From terraforming to bio-manufacturing, a whole new generation of designers is proposing unique ways of confronting the difficult challenges ahead. In this way design becomes a totality of relationships that affects all disciplines, which can no-longer be thought of as self-contained fields, each handled separately by narrowly focused specialists. Globalization demands a restructuring of the profession, as we know it. This requires a new breed of generalists who can work across fields and engage research on multiple sites around the globe. Today we need planetary designers versed in the craft of integral design.”
The book’s dust jacket was produced with a specially formulated ink that is made of sequestered carbon.