Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology

We are happy to let you know that some members of our team have successfully completed an introductory online course on Biomimicry!

The course, which was launched by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, focused on the effective applications of biological information in sustainable design methodologies. The overall aim of the course was to push participants to become more observant, learn from nature and understand how it functions.

The course provided an introduction to existing biomimicry tools and principles. Through weekly assignments, we were pushed to go outdoors, explore, discover and research about organisms found in nature. This preliminary research resulted with innovative preliminary biomimetic design proposals.

For example in one of the exercises we were asked to propose a design of a shelter that protects humans from natural disasters (such as floods, droughts, earthquakes or other). We were given the option to choose a specific function and strategy found in nature. One of the team members was inspired by the beetle and how it changes color under stress conditions (images below). This function could be redesigned and adapted in the skin and outer layer of shelters where they could change color indicating a certain environmental stress such as droughts or floods, which could help Emergency Response Plans.

 

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About tOD

Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and craftsmen.

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