Monday, February 17, 2020

How design is being upended by the climate crisis


The Falls-of-the-Ohio scurfpea , a leafy plant with clusters of tiny flowers, used to grow on an island in the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky. No one has seen one in the wild since 1881 and botanists presumed it went extinct in the 1920s when a new dam inundated its habitat. But this year, the blooms came back to life—in a way. In “Resurrecting the Sublime” —an installation now on view in “Nature” , the Cooper Hewitt’s Design Triennial—a team of artists and scientists genetically engineered a perfume that mimics the scent of the long-gone flower. They analyzed DNA […]

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