Tim McGee


Bridging Biology to Design, Engineering, and Business for a Thriving Planet

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How are the technologies we have created different from the technologies nature evolved over 3.8 billion years? The science of biology has grown by massive leaps and bounds in the past 200 years, and we are just beginning to put together fascinating stories of how nature works. Yet much of this wisdom is obscured, and relegated to scientific journals or dusty biology volumes. Dusting off these tomes, and offering up the insights of biology to other fields has proven to be an exciting and thrilling field that is helping us understand and connect to the world, as well as to ourselves.

Through examples and stories, biologist Tim McGee will share where biological wisdom is changing the way we work, think, and create, and where increasingly our technologies have more in common with 3.8 billion years of evolution.

Hélène Lesterlin

Tim McGee is a biologist who spends his time integrating the fields of biology, design, engineering, and business to create regenerative systems, products, and services that revitalize our relationship to the living world. Working as a senior Biologist at the Design Table (BaDT) with Biomimicry 3.8, he has consulted for a wide range of industries leading to a diverse range of results from creating self-assembling coatings that reduce drying time to developing master plans for cities that increase their ecosystem services.

McGee has recently worked with IDEO to help design strategies for increasing organizational information exchange within the US Green Building Council, and is currently working with NYSERDA to inspire the next innovations in energy for New York. He speaks regularly to industry and academia about biomimicry, using his deep knowledge of how nature makes materials and interest in crossing disciplinary boundaries to engage and empower others to see the world through a new perspective.

Tim McGee
April 11, 2012, 7PM

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA