Friday, November 28, 2008

Metabolic Media

Rachel Wingfield designs, researches and fabricates environmentally responsive textiles like luminous bedding, light reactive window blinds and electronic wallpaper.

Nobel Textiles is a two year-long collaboration between Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and the Medical Research Council. Five Nobel Prize winning scientists were paired with five textile designers. Paired with researcher John E. Walker, Wingfield created Metabolic Media, a system of modular textile architecture for urban food production.

Wingfield says the “woven and modular architectural structures provide a lightweight solution for growing food plants in small spaces without soil. We’ve married this with current research on organic and dye-sensitized solar cells, which can be made at home with berries picked from your garden. The urban ecosystem, Metabolic Media, comprises of geotextile structures and solar cells designed to charge the batteries of a fueling pump system that feeds and monitors the network of plants by misting the roots with nutrient rich solution.”

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