Memorandom of Understanding Signing Ceremony between KIST-MLSRD and UPENN-LRSM & AESOP

Memorandom of Understanding Signing Ceremony between KIST-MLSRD and UPENN-LRSM & AESOP

In an exciting development, we signed a Memo of Understanding to spur increased collaboration between  Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Materials and Life Science Research Division (MLSRD) and two centers of excellence at the University of Pennsylvania.  These include the newly launched Center AESOP (Center for Analyzing Evolved […]

Jenny Sabin

Sabin named 2015 IVY Innovator in Design

Jenny Sabin, is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio, and director of the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell AAP, a hybrid research and design unit with specialization in computational design, data visualization, and digital fabrication.


AESOP Goes Live!

Announcing the new entity: “Analyzing Evolved Structures and Solutions as Optimized Patterns, Products, and Paradigms Science for the Human Habitat”

Beauty-Cooper Hewitt Design

Invited Commission, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum; Beauty-Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial exhibition

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” the fifth installment of the museum’s popular contemporary design exhibition series, from Feb. 12 through Aug. 21, 2016. With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, “Beauty” will fill most of two […]

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The Smart Window

The Smart Window is trying to balance several competing requirements for windows. Architects prefer transparency in the design of buildings for their aesthetic appeal. However, transparent windows may let in too much sunlight on a scorching summer day, causing interiors to become over-heated and then require artificial cooling. This is […]

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How Nanoscale Optics Create Nature’s Most Dazzling Colors

What do a butterfly’s shimmering wings, a fish’s opalescent scales, and a peacock’s brilliant feathers have in common? Yes, their colors are beautifully iridescent. But they are also produced by the physical interaction of light with sophisticated nanoscale architecture that we are only just beginning to understand. read more

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Understanding butterfly wing color

Dan Janzen, a professor in Penn’s Department of Biology in the School of Arts & Sciences, has spent the last two years in collaboration with Shu Yang, a professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The two share a common interest: The […]