Designing a system that allows users to be remembered for eternity
MA MATERIAL FUTURES (CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS)
RC3 LAB, BARTLETT SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE (UCL)
MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Brand Identity • Design Research • Scientific Research • Speculative Design • Storyboarding • System Design
Bespoke Memorialisations was part of Big Data: Designing with the Materials of Life, a live project organised by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Professor Carole Collet.
Our team worked with Professor Ueli Grossniklaus, a specialist in plant development genetics. Based on research that digital information can be stored in seed DNA, we designed future systems for the management and storage of personal data.
SeedGem is a service that provides bespoke memory storage using seed DNA. Through an online interface users upload and curate their personal memories in the form of digital files such as photographs, designing a customised plant hybrid to contain these recollections.
Upon their death the user’s loved ones will receive a GemPod containing the engineered seeds and can sow them or use the SeedGem decoder to retrieve the data.
The seeds can also be donated to Seed Sanctuaries worldwide to aid reforestation efforts for a long-lasting, sustainable legacy.
Illustrations: Ting Ye
Photography: Yizhu Fang
Architectural Renders: Tamon Sawangdee