Webinar Series: Dr. Wil Srubar

"Toward Genetically Programmable Architecture" with Associate Professor Wil Srubar

Buildings are not unlike a human body. They have bones and skin; they breathe. Electrified, they consume energy, regulate temperature, and generate waste. Buildings are organisms – albeit inanimate ones. But what if buildings – walls, roofs, floors, windows – were actually alive – grown, maintained and healed by living materials?

Imagine architects using genetic tools that encode the architecture of a building right into the DNA of organisms, which then grow buildings that self-repair, interact with their inhabitants and adapt to the environment. Living architecture is moving from the realm of science fiction into the laboratory as interdisciplinary teams of researchers turn living cells into microscopic factories.

Join Associate Professor Wil Srubar in this webinar to learn about the recent success of our highly interdisciplinary team of researchers in biochemistry, microbiology, materials science and structural engineering in applying synthetic biology toolkits to engineer bacteria to create useful minerals and polymers and form them into living building blocks that could, one day, bring buildings to life.

Contact the Alumni Engagement Team at EngAlumni@colorado.edu with any questions.

Nov 17, 2020 12:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Lecture/Presentation, Information Session, Virtual


Alumni & Forever Buffs


Students, Faculty, Alumni

College, School & Unit

Engineering & Applied Science

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