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moe.ment :: meat.labs

It is 2050 and the world of meat consumption has completely changed. Long gone are the days of slaughtering entire animals so that you can buy your 8 ounce piece of filet mignon from the supermarket. Now, our meat is cultured from stem cells in a lab and then we can order the different flavours we are craving to be delivered right to our door. When it’s time for dinner, we simply put our packet of grow matter into our moe.ment::meat.labs machine and in about a minute, BAM we can eat lemon zested white meat!… More

Playing with neopixels.

I am using neopixels inside of the meat growing machine to simulate a grow light. The idle state of the machine is white, then after the start sensor is touched, green lights fade on for the growth period and fade out once the growth is over. More

The development of the meat grower.

The meat growing machine works like this: to create muscle tissue from stem cells, the cells need a structure that informs them how to grow. So first we need a scaffolding for them to grow. the scaffolding is in a growth serum and sealed in a bag the bags are inserted into the machine where the cells populate and the meat is grown and cooked so it’s ready to eat when you pull it out   THE MEAT GROWER: This is the build of the box. It is a wooden box that is painted a bright mint green to make… More

The iterations of “But what is a kitchen anyway?”

IDEA 1: Initially I had a vision for this to be an actual kitchen. I was going to design two, the nuclear kitchen and the communal kitchen. I felt that the nuclear kitchen (the one within our small apartments/homes) would become more of a work-from-home cafe. Our cooking and socialising would move to a communal kitchen, which would have have familiar (ovens) and unfamiliar (meat growing centre) appliances. The idea of designing these two spaces was to observe the interactions people had in it with each other and with the appliances. BUUUUTTTTT…this does not really push boundaries or provide any look into designing… More

The project: But what is a kitchen anyway

If cultured meat becomes the solve for the unsustainability of meat in the future, how will this affect the design of our kitchens and lives? The focus of my research is on the impact cultured meat will play on evolving the design of our kitchens and interactions within our homes. This is a project exploring how the designs of our homes and interactions with our food and each other are affected by social, political and environmental issues. The kitchen has been a site of technological reflections on the cultural and social evolutions throughout… More

Design + Construction of Publics — Carl DiSalvo

John Dewey – how the constitution of a public is thwarted in order to expound a set of propositions delineating the potentialities and conditions of collective political action. Deweyan Public How does the practice of design contribute to and shape the construction of the public – “How are publics made with things?” – the question needs to be asked as products and processes of design are political and used for political ends. The public is not something that has always existed and is not universal. The public is a specifiable entity that derives… More

Evolution of the kitchen and CounterSpace.

The Evolution of the Modern Kitchen This was a Smithsonian article about the show at MoMa CounterSpace. It introduced me to the exhibit that walks through the last century of the kitchen’s development. “Kitchens evolved over the course of the 20th century from dark, inefficient rooms that seemed like architectural afterthoughts to refined, multi-purpose living spaces” Kitchens historically were small, dirty utilitarian spaces that were concealed. They were used for food prep solely. The kitchens ran on wood or coal fires. 1909: AEG Electric Kettle finally becomes well designed and accepted after being regarded… More

100 years of kitchens

The Evolution of the Kitchen — Hadley Keller: Architectural Digest Kitchens originally utilitarian work prep stations – not a hangout “Kitchens over the past century showcase the evolution of our habits and lifestyles…” 1920s: Natural gas stoves are introduced Fridges become more popular People begin to add details of decoration to kitchens (rugs, linoleum floors, coloured cabinets) 1927 GE introduces “monitor top” fridge, named for its resemblance to USS Monitor (compressor) 1930s: Great Depression doesn’t slow-down homes becoming more decorative and colourful The first fridge with in-door storage is introduced “Monitor top” becomes popular 1940s:… More

Design Noir Placebo — Dunne & Raby

Placebo Project: – taking prototypes to investigate the interaction people/objects have with each other and electro magnetic fields. “We are not interested in whether these stories are true or scientific, but we are interested in the narratives people develop to explain and relate to electronic technologies, especially the invisible electromagnetic waves their electronic objects emit.” Dunne & Raby created everyday home objects that ‘react and change’ based on electro fields Compass Table: how does this affect the neat freak? Parasite Light: relies on other objects to stand itself up and to light up Electro-draught Excluder:… More