- IntroductionGlobal
Catastrophic Risk

The term ‘Global Catastrophic Risk’ refers to the possibility of causing significant harm to human well-being on a global scale. From volcanic eruptions to pandemic infections, nuclear accidents to global tyranny, uncontrolled scientific experiments to climate change, and cosmic disasters to economic collapse, these disasters can impact all of us. How can communication design be used to influence a change in human behaviour that will aid in managing the risks? 

'Global Catastrophic Risk' is chosen to encourage students to approach the global problems of the present era with greater maturity, responsibility, and effectiveness. By the end of the semester, all these works will be showcased in the first instalment of Resilient Bodies – a collaboration between two modules, Drawing & Making and Studio – an exhibition in which ‘the making and the thinking’ come together.

Group Projects
  1. Hacker Space

  2. A Conducive Learning Space

  3. Hack Your Genes

  4. Deceptively Honest

  5. Mass Psychosis

  6. You Live In A World

  7. AIR


Hack Your Genes
Term 01


Response 1
Clarissa Lim

Response 2
Felicia Winarsa

Response 3
Poorva Singhal

Research summary

Gene-editing technology has the potential in making humans less miserable.

If we told humans in the 1970s that in a few decades telephones with touch screens will be used to find recipes of your favourite foods, dating will be done online, and that robots will automate a lot of jobs, they would have laughed in our face. All the things mentioned above are now a reality. We are at a similar point with gene editing. For the longest time, selective breeding was used to strengthen the useful traits of plants and animals until we discovered DNA. Ever since its discovery scientists have been meticulously trying to study its nature and manipulate it for the benefit of humans.

The revolutionary and now leading gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, which works by harnessing the ability of the bacterial RNA- guided endonuclease, Cas9 has made tremendous strides in treating diseases like color blindness, haemophilia and other single- gene/ chromosomal disorders.

Despite its successes, a lot of sceptics think of it as immoral and want it to be stopped. In a world where, not just death, but also the pain caused by diseases and aging are a major reason for human suffering.