Entry: Generative Design
Focus: Kokkugia

Kokkugia is an experimental architecture practice exploring generative design methodologies developed from the complex self-organising behavior of political, social and biological systems. Kokkugia was founded in 2004, emerging from a long-standing collaboration between Jonathan Podborsek, Roland Snooks and Rob Stuart-Smith. It is a networked practice working out of New York and London, operating through design, research, experimentation and teaching.


Entry: Exploring the Extreme Universe
Focus: GLAST

NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) is a powerful space observatory that will: Explore the Universe's ultimate frontier, where nature harnesses forces and energies far beyond anything possible on Earth; Probe some of science's deepest questions, such as what our Universe is made of, and search for new laws of physics; Explain how black holes accelerate jets of material to nearly light speed; Help crack the mystery of stupendously powerful explosions known as gamma-ray bursts. Answer long-standing questions across a broad range of topics, including solar flares, pulsars, and the origin of cosmic rays.


Entry: Biological Innovation
Focus: Bios

The BiOS Initiative is fundamentally an effort to develop new innovation systems for disadvantaged communities and neglected priorities. Democratize Decentralize and Diversify: human creativity and science can be harnessed through social, economic, and environmental responsibility for improving quality of life, and for promoting sound business and prosperous communities. Design, Develop, and Disseminate: grand philosophical ambitions must be grounded with practical tools for achieving the goals in a meaningful time frame. The communications and information technology revolutions afford unique abilities to harvest and share information, knowledge and wisdom within and between communities that have been marginalized or inadequately served.