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Shneel Malik is an Architect, a Bio-design Researcher and an aspiring social entrepreneur. She is currently pursuing her PhD Research as part of the Bio-Integrated Design (Bio-ID) Lab at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK. Working at the intersection of design, biology, engineering and material sciences she investigates the fabrication of large-scale photosynthetic systems for applications within Architecture.
As part of her research, she has developed Indus – a wall designed to clean polluted water using the natural processes of micro-organisms, specifically microalgae. The project is developed in close collaboration between the Departments of Architecture and Biochemical Engineering at UCL.
Shneel’s research stems from fabricating novel living materials that can perform natural processes from the bottom-up, by developing new tools of 3D Printing and Robotic Fabrication. Challenging her research’s application within the existing urban context, she proposed Indus. A system designed to empower small-scale artisan communities to adapt futuristic solutions of treating polluted water by themselves, through cultural techniques readily available to them.