Chimera’s New York City PodScraper

Chimera design team has designed a spiraling skyscraper solution for New York City inspired by the Mangrove Tree habitat. SuckerPUNCH did a profile of their project named Mangalcity here as well as Inhabitat here. Both great posts with lots of insight. From the various readings the main motivation for this degree of capsulation was to […] Continue reading →

Swaying Pine-Like Shade Structure by ARTEKS

ARTEKS architecture from Andorra have recently designed an outdoor shading system inspired by the local trees observed on site. Inhabitat did an excellent post about their project here with plenty of detail. ARTEKS took a very sculputral approach to the project but what is fascinating is how they were inspired by the trees that already […] Continue reading →

Chicago Spire’s Formal Inspiration

Its a well known fact that world renowned architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava‘s formost teacher in design has been nature. Granted his approach isn’t very systematic like other examples we’ve seen in more progressive naturally-inspired projects, its still worth noting his patronage of the formal qualities and beauty inherent in nature. The Chicago Spire is […] Continue reading →

Rain Collecting Skyscraper by H3AR

Inspired by the grooves of rain collecting plants, polish students Ryszard Rychlicki and Agnieszka Nowak of H3AR received recognition for their proposal in the 2010 skyscraper challenge, designboom also did a full post on the details of their project here. The skyscraper, through a system of gutters, aims to collect as much rain water as […] Continue reading →

Dennis Dollens Biomimicry Iphone App

Dennis Dollens (a professor teaching biodigital architecure at ESAQ, Barcelona) recently released an iphone app in comic book form dealing with generative structures from bio-algorithmic software. Treehugger wrote a spot about it here and it’s currently available at the iphone app store. We got in contact with Dennis and asked him a little about the app […] Continue reading →

Pools Mimicking Natural Lake Habitats

There’s a new green development trend of naturally purified and filtered residential pools that work much like a lake habitat. No need for nasty chemicals and chlorine since part of the the pool is dedicated to filtering and recycling the water with friendly plants, waterfalls and bacteria while the rest is dedicated to a deeper […] Continue reading →

Kate Van Horn’s Lichen Inspiration

Kate Van Horn, also from Cal Poly Pomona, is designing a Mars Colony inspired by the growth patterns of Lichen. By looking at different methods of their growth, reproduction, and aggregation as they occur in nature, she has developed a structural system that mimics Lichen on a more profound and fundamental level.  Lichen can be […] Continue reading →

William McDonough’s Treescraper

William McDonough has designed a skyscraper that takes the idea of a tree as an entire living system and applies it to a responsible philosophy for a tower. McDonough argues that the tower, much similar to a tree, can produce oxygen through vertically distributed plant-life, distill water that it comes into contact with, produce energy […] Continue reading →
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