Carnegie Mellon





Stowe Hammarburg, Daniel Kim, Yooyoung Ko, Zachary Schwemler & Jessica Shen

A bioengineered plant that releases caffeine into the air during the day and melatonin at night, Symbiosis is a critique of the way modern technology has influenced our sleep patterns.




Ethan Frier

Ethan Frier is a designer, technologist and future thinker who explores the interaction of the built world, culture and the human experience. He is an adjunct professor at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. Along with the Biodesign Challenge, he teaches an undergraduate senior level studio course called Play Lab. The class focuses on agile prototyping in novel environments, as well as speculative design and design fiction. A former Artist in Residence at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, he designed and fabricated "Living Things,” an installation consisting of three home environments that actively cultivate spirulina algae. The exhibit explores a future where humans live symbiotically with these microorganisms.