July 01, 2014
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University uses Nature’s design principles to develop bioinspired materials and devices that will create a more sustainable world. In June 27th the Wyss Institute celebrated the 5th annual international symposium on “Bioinspired Adaptive Materials: From Molecules to Buildings” at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center of the Harvard Medical School. The speakers presented the most relevant conclusions about their research and technological breakthroughs based on 3D printing, biomimetic engineering, robotic fabrication, and adaptive materials technology. At the symposium, Wilfredo Mendez, Biotectonica Research & Design Studio director, met Achim Menges, Ph.D, Neri Oxman, Ph.D, Peter Vukusic, Ph.D and Lidia Badarnah, Ph.D. Mendez aims to improve the investigation scope of the studio by introducing novel technologies to the production of emergent architectures for the Caribbean and Latin America.
June 17, 2014
The human anatomy is a thing of wonder that is inspiring new ideas in material development, according to Annabelle Filer. The research Seismic-Resilient Synthetic Bones was featured by Filer at her article “Body of Knowledge” included in the latest issue (June 2014) of FX Design Magazine “Under The Skin”. The magazine that embraces The Business of Design, and curated by DesignCurial is a strong UK design magazine that monthly features articles about emergent materials. The investigation by Wilfredo Méndez being developed at the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico was selected among other worldwide investigations on material technologies that will change the future of buildings.
Special thanks to Annabelle Filer, creative director of materials library SCIN
Wilfredo Méndez Vázquez was invited to be among the speakers at the presentation of Polimorfo, vol. 3; the Journal of the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. The latest issue of the magazine embraces the topic of “Architecture To Come”. Méndez presented his essay “Nature 2.0: Between the Future and a New Tectonic Dimension” to further the understanding on biomimicry as one of the most important emergent theories for the future of design and architecture. Along with designers Andrés Salas and Javier Román, and architect Andrés Mignucci, Méndez postulates the need to embrace biologically-inspired strategies in order to design resilient architecture and future cities. Méndez agreed that architecture of the future must perform as part of a “folded time process” as postulated by Cidália Ferreira in her essay “The Interproject: Knowing and Proposing are One” also featured in the journal. Architecture of the future will be diametrically different from the current concept, and must be driven by emergent technologies, spatial and program flexibility and resilient morphologies, according to Wilfredo.
Special thanks to Maria I. Oliver
May 19, 2014
Méndez essay included in Polimorfo, Journal of the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
Special thanks to Maria Isabel Oliver, Polimorfo editor (2014)
Special thanks to Mariluz Vázquez Rivera