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The BioDesign Research Group at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture, Art and Design specializes in synergies between biologically-derived insight: biomaterials, biofabrication, natural science, and smart construction methods: computational design, automated fabrication tools, and artificial intelligence.

Our core motivation is to explore alternatives to the energy waste and carbon impact of current industrial products used at all scales, especially those that are non-renewable, single-use and disposable. Foundational to our mission, we mobilize behind McDonough and Braungart’s Cradle to Cradle vision to “remake the way we make things.”
Leveraging industry and academic partnerships, funding and institutions, the BioDesign Research Group straddles multiple disciplines: design, architecture, material science, biological science, and life cycle analysis, amongst others. Each plays a vital role in developing, exploring and validating new material systems for industry adoption.
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