Winner of Pritzker Architecture Prize, Shigeru Ban has a microbial connection …

Just read this from NPR – In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions : NPR.  It tells the story of how architect Shigeru Ban has won the prestigious Pritzker Prize in architecture.  In addition to being a very socially conscious architect, Ban also has an interesting connection to microbes and building design.  But not perhaps in the way one might think.

What I am talking about is when Shigeru Ban’s Centre Pompidou Met was transformed into a sort of living bacterial art display. See the video below:

PALEODICTYON – making of from ANTIVJ is a visual label on Vimeo.

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.