Using Biomimicry to Rethink the “Wall” – Design ProjectPosted: November 26, 2011 Filed under: Biomimicry Methodology, Student Design Projects | Tags: biomimicry design process, biomimicry design spiral in action, biomimicry to rethink the wall, bridging biology research to design, bridging design to biology, design student project, synthesis and ideation of research 5 Comments
Lauren Dynes, who is now doing her Masters of Architecture in Calgary, explored the redesign of the internal wall for her biomimicry project. It might sound dry to some of you, but the wall was an interesting choice because of how fundamentally unchanged and standardized it is as both a concept and a product. When we think of walls, flat white surfaces generally come to mind, along with drywall and studs, bricks and mortar or maybe concrete.
When we compare the subdivisions of space within architecture to similar metaphors in biology it is clear that our designs lack the multifuncional complexity as the membranes that occur within nature.
Bridging Design to Biology
For this project the first stage of the design process was articulating an understanding of the design challenge and translating observations into questions of nature. The core challenges at this stage being;
- What are the core challenges or opportunities within the design project? (IDENTIFY)
- How to start researching natural models. (TRANSLATE)
For those of you that are yet to try this process it can be very tricky trying to word open ended and yet specific questions of both design and nature.
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Designing a Racing Canoe – Biomimicry Design ProcessPosted: November 20, 2011 Filed under: Biomimicry Methodology, Student Design Projects | Tags: bio-inspired racing canoe, biology design research reducing friction, biomimicry ideation, bridging biology research to design, bridging design to biology, design student project, sabs feigler, visual communication Leave a comment
I’ve begun to dust off old student projects that I have been looking forward to sharing since I first began this blog. To start, I thought I would share a project from Sabs Feigler that is an excellent example of visual design thinking. This was a three week project at the end of our first semester class, where students are given the opportunity to select a project they are working on in other classes and go through a quick biomimicry process. The emphasis is on gathering biological research and connecting to the design project.
Visual Thinking, Processing Diverse Information
Selective Pressures and DesignPosted: July 12, 2011 Filed under: Biomimicry Methodology | Tags: biomimicry methodologies, bridging design to biology, emerging tools of biomimicry, language within biomimicry, selective pressures as biomimicry process, selective pressures as design process 4 Comments
I’ve just returned from the second workshop in the B.Specialty course from the Professional Pathways Program offered by the Biomimicry Group. There were a couple of enormous insights learned from the group working dialogue that I want to use this blog to process.
Language within biomimicry is very powerful. Within the interdisciplinary discussions it is very easy to distract and confuse when the “wrong” word is used. By wrong, I mean a word that is ill-defined that means too many (or too few) things to each individual. When used right, language becomes the connective tissue between disciplines that allows cross pollination of research and concepts.