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  • Neri Oxman Wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize for Design Innovation | January 29, 2014 Neri Oxman Wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize for Design

    Lavin speaker Neri Oxman has just won a 2014 Vilcek Prize—the prestigious annual award that honors “immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society.” She joins an impressive list of past winners: leading cultural figures like Yo-Yo Ma, Christo and Jeanne Claude, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Part of MIT's Media Lab, Oxman works at the intersection of art, science, nature, and technology. She uses 3D printing...

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  • Carbon Fiber Cars: Neri Oxman On the Vehicle Of The Future Science | August 01, 2013 Carbon Fiber Cars: Neri Oxman On the Vehicle Of The Future

    A new vehicle may completely revolutionize the car manufacturing process. “The future is fibers,” science speaker Neri Oxman said at the car's unveiling event. Carbon...

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  • Bio-Inspired Design: Neri Oxman's "Mind-Blowing" Work Featured In <em>Wired</em> Science | July 11, 2013 Bio-Inspired Design: Neri Oxman's "Mind-Blowing" Work Featured In Wired

    — ”Imagine thousands of synthetic silkworm guided by environmental conditions such as light or heat," science speaker Neri Oxman envisions in Wired, "supporting the deposition of natural...

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  • A New Era Of Fabrication: Neri Oxman Merges Nature With Technology Science | June 07, 2013 A New Era Of Fabrication: Neri Oxman Merges Nature With Technology

    Neri Oxman and her team at MIT's Mediated Matter Lab are at it again. A video released this week documents the creation of their latest project: The Silk Pavilion. Inspired by the methods of silk worms, Oxman's Silk Pavilion rests at the intersection of technology and biology. A popular science speaker, she often looks to nature to...

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  • Innovation Through Innocence: Neri Oxman On Inventive Design In<em> Forbes</em> Design | May 30, 2013 Innovation Through Innocence: Neri Oxman On Inventive Design In Forbes

    — Design speaker Neri Oxman and her team at the MIT Mediated Matter group don't just mimic nature, but actually create designs that merge with the natural world—objects that grow and adapt to their environments. At the C2 Conference in Montreal, she discussed how her work starts with biomimcry and...

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  • Don't Design Products—Design For Humanity: Neri Oxman On 3D Printing Design | May 27, 2013 Don't Design Products—Design For Humanity: Neri Oxman On 3D Printing

    Design speaker Neri Oxman predicts that all of us will have a 3D printer at our desks within the next decade. While these printers are already available—and have been hugely popular among early adopters—they have yet to make it into the mainstream. As Oxman tells

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