ARCH 502A: Biomimetics in Architecture

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 a pomelo peel, citing notions of porosity as it pertains to water control, flood mitigation, and softening neighborhood barriers. The structure is made up of a hollow membrane, connecting and folding itself over one another, creating a porous barrier for the fruit. The layered system allows the movement of water through the skin in a slowed, controlled manner providing sound inspiration for an urban strategy