Symbiotic Design is an emerging multi-disciplinary practice within the wider field of Biodesign. It integrates the relationships between living organisms of a given ecosystem as a pre-established framework for the creation and manufacture of biological circular systems, artefacts and cultural objects. First observed in bio-integrated architecture and now spreading to System, Product, Textile and Fashion Design to name a few, this discipline aims to investigate and re-invent our place as humans within a set environment.
Where Biodesign includes many interconnected pathways, symbiotic design is this branch that seeks to immerse the maker into an ecosystem to understand carbon-based life forms and their habitat so we can design towards lowering the impact our human activities have on these biomes. This idea of mutualism between humans and the non-human does not only consider how we can harness natural processes to craft objects and systems, but how each step of the making process can contribute to a more holistic synergy between humans, organic and inorganic.