PLP Labs collaborated with Studio Snoop and their AI designer, Tilly Talbot, to present an AI designed stool for London Design Festival 2023 exhibited at Tom Dixon’s Studio. In a bid to explore what the human’s role is in a world of AI, PLP Labs grew one of Tilly’s designs, a mycelium stool called GUS and taught the AI their mycelium know-how.
PLP Labs presented the “Future Sumbiotecture” at the world’s first Metaverse Architecture Biennale. The event, held in the metaverses Decentraland and W3rlds, calls back to the first architecture biennale with the theme “Presence of the Future”, offering a moment to contemplate the future of digital architecture.
PLP Labs published a study titled ‘Reap What You Sow: Valuing Workplaces that Grow Good Ideas’ with academics from Loughborough University, the University of Reading, and biophilic experts Benholm. The report details the process of measuring and monetising the well-being and environmental value of biophilia in architectural design. It explores how design decisions can be given a monetary value to enable real estate clients to fairly evaluate the worth of these interventions alongside other project costs.
PLP Labs documented drivers, such as value and priority shifts, in the midst and aftermath of COVID-19 to explain larger home and space trends. The report illustrated homes refract major changes, resulting in a variety of observable, emerging residential space trends. This body of research was developed for a project with an international leading consumer and home electronics company.
PLP Labs and Centric Lab published research for the British Council for Offices titled “Designing for Neurodiversity”. The report examines the impacts that physical spaces have on their users, finding that certain spaces can be disabling because of their poor design and lack of consideration for the diverse needs of users. The report encourages workplace design to address unemployment and burnout among neurodiverse workers.
PLP Labs, Centre for Natural Material Innovation at the University of Cambridge, and Dukta developed a sustainable geometric timber structure exhibited at 2021 London Design Biennale, at Somerset House in Central London. Unfolding examines the evolving relationship between nature and city, natural materials and buildings, and a flexible, adaptable and responsive future unfolding that balances people with the planet.