Previous attempts at applying principles of biomimicry in architecture may have been unsuccessful in creating influential change perhaps because they consisted less of biomimicry and more of biomorphism: biomimicry at its most superficial, i.e., large scale (And not unbeautiful)construction that celebrates natural forms but not natural functions. This paper explores how approaching design and construction with a philosophy of deep and systemic integration might transform a building from an engineered machine of interlocking parts to a sustainable and interactive organism.Specifically, the necessary but often overlooked aspects of construction which are required by code and are frequently handled through clumsy and traditional methodologies will be re-examined and more efficient but redundant systems in nature will be looked to for their potential to inspire a more effective and green solution.

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February 2015
Prof. Amber Bartosh
Sustainability Lecture Series
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York, USA