The architectural profession is rapidly embracing digital design technologies developed and applied in the framework of biologically inspired processes. Put simply, nature is the largest laboratory that ever existed and ever will. While biomimicry does not exclude emulating form, we are interested in the processes and systems in which all design resides.
We’ve previously written on research into the application of 3D printing in building construction. The idea is that rather than having a completely uniform interior geometry for building materials, we create variably shaped interiors. In other words, instead of bricks with solid or uniformly latticed interiors, more material occurs in places where more physical stress takes place.
This approach mimics the biological approach to bones. If you inspect the interior of a bone you won’t find a uniform geometry. instead you see a very efficient use of materials to provide just the right strength for the bone’s use.
We found an architecture site dedicated to this idea: Biomimetic Architecture, whose definition of Biomimicry is:
If you need inspiration for amazing designs, go no further than Biomimetic Architecture.
Via Biomimetic Architecture (Hat tip to Deniz)