What if we could engineer living materials that were as strong as concrete, but could have a function like a tree: both strong and structural while maintaining the nutrient web in an urban setting? What if we could engineer antibodies to any disease, regardless of if we’ve come into contact with it before? in this talk, we will discuss the dream of Synthetic Biology and what this new tool could do for us. As we begin to engineer life, its materials, and functions, what will we create? How will we change our clothing, buildings, cities, tools, science, wearables and our selves on a genetic level? What are the constraints, and what is the reality of this new field?