Biomimicry: Potential for the use of Biomimicry in Architectural Design (Distinction)
Bios – Life Mimesis – Imitation
My BArch dissertation titled, ‘Biomimicry: Potential for the use of Biomimicry in Architectural Design’, investigated sustainability in design through the process of biomimicry and was awarded a distinction. Through historical research, analysis of texts, site visits and interviews with leading architects in this field, I was able to present my research and findings on a subject in parallel with my BArch studio work. These techniques allowed me to develop informed and educated conclusions on the potential use of biomimicry in sustainable architectural design.‘The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation’ Albert Einstein
Throughout the BArch course I have taken my architectural research into the field of biomimicry and sustainable development. Natural systems provide many answers to human problems, many of which have resulted in the damage caused to the environment in which we live. Global warming and climate change are of major concern in today’s world due to carbon emissions and the exploitation of natural resources. Sustainability in buildings has become a pivotal focus of architecture over the past few decades as estimates suggest that up to 50% of all carbon emissions come from the built environment. As architects we have a role and responsibility to seek more sustainable methods of design.
Biomimicry is a concept that looks to nature as a ‘model, measure and mentor’, taking inspiration from its forms, processes and systems in order to create more sustainable architectural design. By emulating 3.8 billion years of well-adapted technology, biomimicry can help to design environmentally sensitive buildings that can exist in harmony with nature.
This text will look at the potential for biomimicry in architectural design. I will use key texts in the subject to aid my research and findings. By looking at examples, built and speculative, and interviewing industry professionals in the subject field I will present a series of case studies. These case studies will reflect the process of biomimicry in architectural practice and provide a basis for my findings. These techniques will allow me to develop informed and educated conclusions on the potential use of biomimicry in sustainable architectural design.
I would like to thank Jerry Tate of Jerry Tate Architects and Michael Pawlyn of Exploration Architecture for their help with this dissertation.