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Fifth Year Focus Studio, “Learning from Los Insectos: Biomimicry in Architecture,” Southern Polytechnic State University, Fall 2012

 
"When the forest and the city are functionally indistinguishable, then we know we have reached sustainability."

-Janine Benyus

 

As architects, we are empowered and obligated to ensure that the built world is not only structurally sound but also designed in an environmentally apposite manner.  This studio researched possibilities of biomimicry in architecture.  By engaging, studying and taking inspiration from the natural world, we strived for new concepts and solutions for a sustainable built environment.

 

We sought to determine what kinds of environmental geometries, behaviors, and flows will help us to best solve architectural issues related to structure, skin, water and wind mediation and collection, light filtration and absorption, topography, vegetation, watershed and the public interest.

 

A series of investigations led us from exploration of nature’s own designs and processes, translation into architectural concepts, and deployment to building forms which blur architecture with landscape.  Further, through understanding and studying principles of building envelope design, we have explored construction details and built mock-ups, focusing on designs that optimize, conserve, and reuse natural resources. 

 

The studio project is the design of a Community Center along the Atlanta Beltline.  Project requirements also include a Beltline transit station and a public landscape element such as a park, farm or garden.  Learning from the natural  world, we have sought architecture which is environmentally and socially responsible, located on a local, city-wide urban/natural infrastructure, while exploring inventive conceptual, real-life and sustainable solutions.

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Students:  Felicia Blake, Megan Elliott, Tabitha Hooson, Scott Jones, Hanxiong Liu, Tran Nguyen, Derek Parman, Julian Quinn, Trey Rinesmith, Zac Suttles, Ryan Townson, Kyle Wilkerson, Yanqiao Yang, Johnny Youssef