Innovation / Design

Scent as Design

Design / by Eva Wisten / March 23, 2010

This week, scientists, designers, and artists will gather in New York to discuss how our lives could be transformed by recognizing scent as design.

Now In Design

  • Living in a Material World

    Scientists and designers join forces at an unusual consultancy, bringing technical savvy to assist anyone in search of the right material—from faux fur to green concrete.

  • Our Adapting Future

    Current developments in autonomous, biological, and evolutionary robotics will have a profound impact on the future of interactive and dynamic architectural space.

  • Designing Responsible Behavior

    We visit the somewhat chaotic desk of an industrial designer who is leveraging the power of design to convince people to live greener lives.

  • Building Without Walls

    A new breed of architectural objects, inspired by theoretical science, is changing how we think about building and what counts as art.

  • A New Map for Design

    As the focus of design shifts from the production of finite goods to a practice of experimentation, ideas take precedence over products.

  • An Icon of Sustainability

    Since opening last September in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences has fast become an icon of architecture for the eco era.

  • The Dymaxion Tomorrow

    A city-wide vehicle sharing program, a latrine block that treats sewage on-site, and bicycles that double as ambulances take top honors in the Buckminster Fuller Design Challenge.

  • Tissue-Engineered Art

    MoMA design and architecture curator Paola Antonelli guides us through experimental designs that are both manufactured and living, and which test both our aesthetic and ethical sensibilities.

  • Design and Being Just

    At some point during the show, VL started growing too fast. It was time to stop it. But did that mean killing it?

  • Designing the Human Mind

    [Video] Is it possible to create a complete model of the human brain? Henry Markram explains that it will to take a computer 20,000 times more powerful than any that exists today.


Greener Pastures

Dominant theory says that desertification is caused by overgrazing. Operation Hope, winner of the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, has upended this idea—restoring degraded African grasslands into lush, green pasture.


Dynamic by Design

Jessica Banks and Andrew Laska, the co-founders of the design firm RockPaperRobot, are using science and technology to change the meaning of “furniture.”


The Scent of Design

Commissioned by HEADSPACE, five designers—dubbed “accidental perfumers”—joined bona fide scent experts to explore the intersection of creativity and smell.


The Science of Stuff

A visual tour of the colorful, the strange, and the super-strong in the Material ConneXion library, where new forms of cloth, concrete, metal, and more line the walls.

Now on

  • Ideas

    I Tried Almost Everything Else

    John Rinn, snowboarder, skateboarder, and “genomic origamist,” on why we should dumpster-dive in our genomes and the inspiration of a middle-distance runner.

  • Ideas

    Going, Going, Gone

    The second most common element in the universe is increasingly rare on Earth—except, for now, in America.

  • Ideas

    Earth-like Planets Aren’t Rare

    Renowned planetary scientist James Kasting on the odds of finding another Earth-like planet and the power of science fiction.

The Seed Salon

Video: conversations with leading scientists and thinkers on fundamental issues and ideas at the edge of science and culture.

Are We Beyond the Two Cultures?

Video: Seed revisits the questions C.P. Snow raised about science and the humanities 50 years by asking six great thinkers, Where are we now?

Saved by Science

Audio slideshow: Justine Cooper's large-format photographs of the collections behind the walls of the American Museum of Natural History.

The Universe in 2009

In 2009, we are celebrating curiosity and creativity with a dynamic look at the very best ideas that give us reason for optimism.

Revolutionary Minds
The Interpreters

In this installment of Revolutionary Minds, five people who use the new tools of science to educate, illuminate, and engage.

The Seed Design Series

Leading scientists, designers, and architects on ideas like the personal genome, brain visualization, generative architecture, and collective design.

The Seed State of Science

Seed examines the radical changes within science itself by assessing the evolving role of scientists and the shifting dimensions of scientific practice.

A Place for Science

On the trail of the haunts, homes, and posts of knowledge, from the laboratory to the field.


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