Mareike Gast has been Professor of Industrial Design at Burg Giebichenstein since 2016 - with a focus on material- and technology-based product development. She has had her own office in Frankfurt am Main since 2010. Specializing in new materials and technologies, she works closely with industry and research to develop innovative and sustainable products and strategies. In addition to her work in teaching, product development and research, Mareike Gast regularly writes for various magazines and curates exhibitions on materials research. Mareike Gast was born in Hameln in 1979. She studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in Industrial Design in 2005.
Sustainability is becoming increasingly urgent and at the same time more complex. Ecological as well as social and economic connections and dependencies, needs and necessities are becoming more opaque, more difficult to understand and thus more difficult to design. At the same time, the diversity of biotechnological production possibilities is growing rapidly. The potentials and promises are great. Nevertheless, with them grows the fear of further alienation from nature. Where does this journey of biotechnology in the age of the Anthropozoan lead us? And more importantly, where do we want to steer it?
Design has the wonderful ability to meet these issues with concrete visions that are indispensable for a critical, explorative and future-oriented debate.