January 11, 2015

Bone-inspired Special Moment Resisting Frame made of concrete mentioned in ASCE’s Journal of Structural Engineering

Diana Chen, GAANN Research Fellow at the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering of Clemson University presented her paper “Lessons of a Coral Reef: Biomimicry for Structural Engineers” that was published in ASCE’s Journal of Structural Engineering. In the article’s section Design Characteristics Seen in Nature, Ms. Chen introduced the bone-inspired structure project started at the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico, and currently being under development at the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Ms. Chen included the project of Wilfredo Mendez in her article as an example of where structural engineers should be headed.





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September 28, 2014

The SCIN Gallery


After being part of FX Design Magazine topic Under The Skin, the research by Wilfredo Mendez was reviewed by The SCIN Gallery, one of the main material libraries in the UK. Since 2010, Mendez works on the development of a new form of concrete structures able to withstand earthquakes like they were alive. Currently, the investigation is being developed at the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in collaboration with international cement manufacturers.



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Architect & Scientist


Wilfredo Mendez Vazquez, founding director of Biotectonica R&Design Studio at the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, published his most recent article on the current trends of architecture driven by scientific concepts. The essay was published at El Nuevo Dia, the main newspaper in Puerto Rico, seeking to foster a new paradigm for emergent designers and architects in the Caribbean.

July 01, 2014

5th Annual Wyss Institute Symposium

The 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

Seismic-Resilient Synthetic Bones research featured at FX Design Magazine


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