Biological Materials Could Create Cars That Adapt And Repair Themselves

Biological Materials Could Create Cars That Adapt And Repair Themselves

An interview series with designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg unveils a potential future for the automotive industry.

Lara Piras
  • 25 june 2014

Designer, artist and writer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg has teamed up with MINI to produce a series of interviews on Dezeen focusing on the future of car design.

Ginsberg is embarking on a research project for the Dezeen and MINI Frontiers with an exhibition titled ‘The Future of Mobility’ that will see six upcoming young designers present innovative ideas for the future of mobility at a major exhibition during London Design Festival this September.

Ginsberg’s research reveals ideas on the various ways in which cars could be designed and manufactured in the future. Cars made from biological materials is one of her key findings, using new fabrication and production methods to create new types of built environments. One of the main reasons to use bio-materials is that they have the potential to change and adapt to their environments, which could completely alter the way humans use and connect with the product.


Synthetic biology is the design and construction of biological devices and systems with the intention for use to benefit the environment. Scientists and researchers in this field explore how to design new materials and structures that contain the same characteristics as living organisms. These materials have the potential to be “much more efficient and sustainable than traditional materials like plastic or metal, but would fundamentally change our relationship to the objects around us,” Ginsberg explained to Dezeen.

“Synthetic biological cars could evolve and mutate as they are used and repaired so they become better adapted to their environments, just like living organisms. My concept is around ‘repair ecologies.’ Would cars that are repaired in a hot place be different to cars that are repaired in a city full of pollution, or cars repaired somewhere humid?”


These ideas and concepts may well be far from completion stage, however there are other researchers and experts in other industries that are beginning to look into similar themes. Suzanne Lee, the founder of Biocouture Ltd, is currently working on developing the idea that materials grown from living organisms could be used in the fashion industry, with the aim of, “creating a bio-designed future where we grow materials from minimal renewable (or waste) resources.”

This trend is at its early stages, however shows huge promise with such talented and innovative minds involved. Could this be the future of materials? Only time will tell.

Images, resources: Dezeen

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