School of Architecture College of Design

ARCH 8255: Bio-Inspired Systems in Architecture

Bio-Inspired Systems in Architecture

ARCH 8255
Fall Semester 2012

Associate Professor
Marc Swackhamer
and Professor Neil Olszewski

Course Description:
This course examines the relationship between our natural and built environments. It asks the question: what can biological systems teach us about how we design, construct, transport, market, maintain use, and discard our built inhabitations? Throughout the semester, students develop in-depth biological expertise. Undertaking a process in which design and research organically merge, students develop projects that perform like, rather than simply look like, biological systems. The course is organized around two hemispheres: the architectural and the biological. Students regularly oscillate between these hemispheres, allowing research to inform design work, and vice-versa.


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