January 05, 2013

TIP: Teaching Nature’s Lessons of Structural Design



What structural parameter can we learn from a mangrove? What ecological feature can we translate from the bamboo fibers? Such biomimetic thinking must drive the next nature of buildings for a truly sustainable future. Bio-Tectonic Analogues in Architecture, a biomimicry-based design studio at the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico was recently reviewed by Corriente Verde Environmental Magazine. Such studio is currently researching novel design features as defined by nature for environmental and resilient outcomes for future architecture for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.