Laura Freixas Conde
PhD Candidate in Elisava Research
Organic Matters is a platform that promotes a local regenerative production model to connect local producers, material designers and companies interested in circular and low environmental impact materials.
The project explores the intersection between design, biology, chemistry, technology, material science, community and self-sufficiency. And from there, three questions arise:
What if we use organic surplus from local producers and transform it into regenerative applications for climate-resilient economies and societies?
Is it possible to program the lifespan of a material based on its use and know what nutrients it brings to the soil when it is composted?
What is the minimum infrastructure to generate a local and regenerative product?
Through the platform it is possible to: map the surplus organic matter from local producers, collaborate with other material designers and generate compostable applications using artisanal and digital manufacturing techniques, and finally, seek investment to research, produce and disseminate regenerative materials and low environmental impact applications.
Finally, to make the project viable and replicable, it is necessary to develop small scale prototypes to build and test the regenerative materials, processes and systems inside society.
wHO AM I?
I’m interested in exploring the intersection between design, materials, technology, community and self-sufficiency. I hold a double degree in Product Design and Engineering in Industrial Design (Elisava) and a Master in Design for Emergent Futures organized by IAAC, FabLab Barcelona and Elisava. I have been organizing “Future Woods. Earth and Mars” with Materfad and Elisava Research. I have been participating in two European Project workshops: MaDe Material Designers and the collective of REMIX El Barrio from SISCODE. I am currently doing a PhD with a lighting company about materials, light and well-being.