Week 01: Biomimicry

Welcome to my blog on biophilic design! This blog will primarily be used to analyze modern-day case studies where architects and designers are looking to nature for both inspiration and for new ways of approaching the built environment.

For starters, here is a great source for keeping up with the “buzz” in Biophilic design and research that I found this week.

Case Study 01: PolyThread

A Cellular Network Created Through ‘Knitting’

photo credit: Jenny Sabin

 

Architecture professor, Jenny Sabin, collaborates with a material scientists, mechanical engineers, and cell biologists to create materials and structures derived from processes found in nature.

Her recent PolyThread project specifically explores material’s response to sunlight. The knitted sculpture’s appearance changes based on variegated light sources, and the presence of people casting shadows within and around. The experience is visually stimulating, and unique to each visitor. The structure is an example of adaptive architecture which responds to changes in the environment. This project emulates our environment’s nonconformity, in other words each time we experience nature it is unique. Why shouldn’t our built environment strive for nonconformity?

Of course, Professor Sabin’s work was created using cutting-edge parametric software. However, this idea of adaptive design can be approached in many ways and is an interesting way to approach a sustainable interior space…

The PolyThread project is currently on display at the San Jose Museum of Art

Check out some more examples of biomimicry in parametric design