manuel lukas
PHD RESEARCHER

manuel.lukas(at)hs-anhalt.de


Manuel Lukas joined the University of Innsbruck and the Anhalt University/Materiability Research Group in October 2020 as a doctoral student and is supervised by Prof. Claudia Pasquero and Prof. Dr. M. Kretzer. After an apprenticeship as an architectural draftsman and a bachelor’s degree in jazz and pop music, he commenced his studies in communication design at Mainz University of Applied Sciences. Throughout this period, the focus was on promoting communication by incorporating additional disciplines such as technology and human interaction into the design for prototype development. With the subsequent masters course at Anhalt University, the design approach has shifted towards adding living materials in the form of algae to the previous concept in order to expand the prototyping of products. Moreover, he received a scholarship from the Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) in Canada for the dissemination of his research on their platform.

By intensifying the work with algae as part of the master’s thesis, collaborating with Prof. Dr. Carola Griehl’s Algae Institute in Köthen and assisting the Berlin-based artist Andreas Greiner at international exhibitions, the potential of manufacturing products with living organisms was recognised in order to deepen the subject in the context of a doctorate. It is intended to create the space for interdisciplinary cooperation, in which the creativity stimulated by scientific research is to be deepened and expanded for developing visions and case studies on environmentally friendly technologies. Through various experiments together with the knowledge of biologists new ways of designing and producing objects with growing materials will be shown. It can therefore also be seen as an opportunity to combine the design principles of value generation, growth and sustainability.

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