ARCH 502A: Biomimetics in Architecture

Biomimetics in Architecture

Biomimetics is an interdisciplinary lens used to examine nature at any scale that focuses micro and macroscopically to examine nature — from the specificity of material composition, close-up, to wide angle aerial views, focusing on systems across a terrain and all scales of operation, in-between. Nature has infinite materials, structures, systems, theories, species at play simultaneously and all are active, working symbiotically. Humans have historically believed we had to figure out all of our questions by ourselves in feats of engineering. Sometimes these wonders have brought havoc to our world causing incredible damage, including climate change threatening human existence. Hopefully, looking closely and inquisitively at nature, investigating what has been around us throughout time will provide answers or at least the next set of questions.

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Sponge Tower

The “Sponge Tower”, uses luffa and venus flower basket sponges as biomimetic references to produce a new fiber bundle structure. The biomimetic references have unique properties such as a high-strength-to-weight…

ARCH502A_EvelynTickle_SamanthaShanne_Cover – Samantha Shanne

Swarm Tectonics

Swarming is a natural phenomenon that describe the collective behavior of animals moving synchronously in a large or dense group without the need of centralized coordination. Swarm Tectonics speculates on…

502a_Tickle_CameronSeltzer_Cover – Cameron Seltzer

Permeable Communities

The Permeable Communities project proposes a new urban conception of flooding as it relates to architecture, infrastructure, and community. This new urban system takes inspiration from the molecular structure of…

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Urban Watershed

I am proposing a new method of facade fabrication that promotes community engagement and takes advantage of the thermal properties of terracotta. The facade components are harvested by participants from…