Elliott P. Montgomery
2009-11

Symbiotic Households

Work in Progress...
 
 
What new needs will arise as the climate of the Earth changes? This project examines a household of the future and ways these needs might be met through symbiotic relationships with modified insects.
 
 
The project started out as a way to bring to light a study published in late 2009. Researchers at King's College London concluded that climate change has the potential to impact mental health on a global scale. Natural disasters have well documented adverse effects on mental health. Increasing frequency in climate-related natural disasters may compound this effect.(Page LA & Howard L, King's College London)
 
 
A design vocalization of this finding, the Vector Hatchery, is a future domestic product that could offer a low cost way to cope with mental health problems. The hatchery is designed to house mosquito colonies modified to biologically manufacture mood stabilizers. Mosquitoes deliver modified saliva through a permeable mesh. The keeper is left with spots which might serve as sensory reminders that the unconventional therapy has been administered.
 
 
Additional symbioses are investigated in sketches, identifying other possible future needs based on climate research.
 
 



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Vector hatchery in use.  Mosquitoes are attracted to body odor.
Vector hatchery in use. Mosquitoes are attracted to body odor.
Mosquito symbiosis for mood control.
Mosquito symbiosis for mood control.
Blackout preparedness through symbiosis with bio luminescent ants.
Blackout preparedness through symbiosis with bio luminescent ants.
Phosphorus-seeking dung beetles locate rich soil for home farming in nutrient scarce locales.
Phosphorus-seeking dung beetles locate rich soil for home farming in nutrient scarce locales.
Modified slugs provide variable home insulation for drastically fluctuating seasonal weather.
Modified slugs provide variable home insulation for drastically fluctuating seasonal weather.
Voltage drain indicated by electromagnetically attracted moths.
Voltage drain indicated by electromagnetically attracted moths.
Hazardous outdoor conditions (heat, ozone and UV) signaled by color-changing butterflies.
Hazardous outdoor conditions (heat, ozone and UV) signaled by color-changing butterflies.
Flavor-augmented insects provide food supplementation as food shipment becomes prohibitively expensive.
Flavor-augmented insects provide food supplementation as food shipment becomes prohibitively expensive.