LUNGS.ME  |  Made Evident

Transdisciplinary Design Workshop  –  August 29-30 2015 @ BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICAS – DENVER

This workshop experience is keenly honed in on the theme of collaboration and emerging technologies that enable an incredible network of geographic, human skill diversity and local resources to collectively take action on matters ‘Now’ for the human good. It’s a network action that is displaying at once both incredibly complexity (of increasingly diverse and distributed modes of education) & simplistic human nature to contribute to meaningful causes.

Registration fee: $99  


A portion of proceeds will be donated to Lung Cancer Colorado Fund at University of Colorado

Hours: Sat & Sun 10a-5p

Location: Biennial Pavilion 1550 Wewatta Street, Denver CO 

  • 3D printer on-site for hands-on use
  • Laptops requested (those unable to bring a laptop will be provided access to one)
  • No prior software experience required; participation ranges to suit experience
  • 3D printed fashion project precedents shared
  • Introduction to visual programming (grasshopper)
  • Gain an understanding of 3D print preparations
  • Explore design development using real patient CT scan data

Participants: Workshop seeks to promote cross-disciplinary collaborations

We welcome a variety of talent from a range of fields — artists & fashion designers — architectural & industrial designers — medical researchers & doctors — makers & machinists — patients — programmers & tech enthusiasts — engineers — marketing & branding professionals — lung cancer advocates


The Denver workshop marks the launch of an initiative is born out of an exchange at Stanford Medicine X following a poignant presentation Making Lung Cancer Visible by Janet Freeman-Daily.  Our purpose is to illuminate those suffering of lung cancer who are often wrongfully assumed to have contributed to the cause of their illness. A series of skill-building digital fabrication workshops will be curated to develop custom body adornments whereby participants will utilize 3d design & fabrication technologies (i.e 3D printing).

 { 3D printing is reshaping education & practices of design, medicine, science and business alike and illuminates the value of all gaining an overview of the process of realizing material matter from digital mediums }

Hands-on use of parametric software (‘Grasshopper’ visual programming) enables participants to grasp how to flow data from (2d) patient CT lung scans to a 3D model– outputting geometrically accurate models for successful 3d printing. Participants will gain an understanding of the advantages of using 3D printing– from speed of prototyping, aspects of mass customization, handling of geometric complexity, multi-material printing capabilities, instrumental uses of color printing, avenues of exploration using computational design tools, critical cross-disciplinary collaborations and potential for patient engagement.

#3DPrinting #ParametricDesign #MassCustomization

This workshop is designed to suit a range of participant backgrounds & is directed to maximize hands-on collaborative explorations in combination with critical points of discussion. For maximum engagement, please attend with a personal laptop pre-loaded with specified demo software.

Workshop directed by:


  • Monika Wittig director at LAN, co-lead at Stanford MedXMakers
  • Ron Shvartsman collaborator at LAN, architectural and computational designer at Fentress

Supported by additional expertise from:

  • Janet Freeman-Daily, patient & lung cancer advocate (virtual)
  • Michael Sickinger, 3D print consultant (in-person)

Sponsored by

Biennial of the Americas; Stanford MedXMakers


What is the Biennial of the Americas?

The Biennial of the Americas provides an international platform for leaders in business, government, civil society, and the arts, to examine the significant issues impacting life in the Americas. The organization’s marquee event is an international festival of ideas, arts and culture hosted in Denver, Colorado on alternating years. The Biennial believes that by bringing people with diverse backgrounds together through dialogue and cultural activities we can catalyze action and innovative solutions to issues important to the shared future of North, Central, and South America.

2015 Biennial Theme: NOW!

The 2015 initiative is a call-to-action that seeks a deep understanding of the current contexts, conditions and challenges that exist across the western hemisphere today. From this position of knowledge, participants and observers will develop a platform for action toward a better informed future.

” This is a way of using art to prompt more creative discussions around difficult issues affecting current society.”

This is the first of a series of LUNGS.ME workshops to begin traversing The Americas focusing on digitally fabricating a human-customized view of lung cancer.


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