Nature as a comprehensive model: A biomimetic installation

Susannah Dickinson, Sheehan Wachter

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Abstract

The following group installation was part of a seminar on biomimetics at the University of Arizona, USA. The design began with research into various natural systems, namely cell growth and morphogenesis and digital tools. In nature cells contain preprogrammed responses based on intrinsic properties which allow for differentiation and adaptation to external forces. This logic of cell morphology was developed into the installation design. Form specificity and topological variation was developed through the manipulation of a material system, bending and loading identical components to adapt to external forces, such as the sun, while simultaneously navigating the site, providing structure and ultimately architectural space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRethinking Comprehensive Design
Subtitle of host publicationSpeculative Counterculture - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2014
PublisherThe Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
Pages627-636
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789881902658
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia - Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, CAADRIA 2014 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: May 14 2014May 17 2014

Publication series

NameRethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2014

Other

Other19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia - Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, CAADRIA 2014
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period5/14/145/17/14

Keywords

  • Biomimetics
  • Design/build
  • Pedagogy
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Architecture

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    Dickinson, S., & Wachter, S. (2014). Nature as a comprehensive model: A biomimetic installation. In Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2014 (pp. 627-636). (Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2014). The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA).