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Bionic City®

Goal: Bionic City® (est. 2010) asks “how would nature design a city?”, exploring the potential of biodesign, biomimetics, biotechnology and biology in the built environment of the now, near and far future. Creating its own original research, concepts and creative works, Bionic City® also serves as a platform for collaborating and co-creating with pioneering interdisciplinary scientists, designers, architects, engineers, and artists. Bionic City® both investigates the potential application and future impact of its own research activities, and that of seminal scientific, technological, and creative developments worldwide, engaging mediums and techniques including post-normal science; scenario planning; speculative design and fiction; trend identification, analysis, and extrapolation; workshops, panels, and interviews; and lab and field experiments.

Date: 1 January 2010

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Melissa Sterry
added 2 research items
Exploring floral and faunal patterns, their causations, variances, and possible application in design, architecture, and planning.
The design paradigm of the 20th Century has become defunct, as a myriad of environmental changes simultaneously take effect. What worked yesterday often fails to work today. Nature is adept at responding to change and embeds a degree of resilience into its technologies and infrastructure that is rarely witnessed in man-made design, engineering and construction. In nature only best in breed design solutions sustain; that which is not either evolves or becomes extinct. Building from Nature's Blueprint will explore how architects, engineers and planners can learn lessons from nature and transfer knowledge from ecosystems, including rainforests and savannahs, to plans for future sustainable cities.
Melissa Sterry
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Bionic City® (est. 2010) asks “how would nature design a city?”, exploring the potential of biodesign, biomimetics, biotechnology and biology in the built environment of the now, near and far future. Creating its own original research, concepts and creative works, Bionic City® also serves as a platform for collaborating and co-creating with pioneering interdisciplinary scientists, designers, architects, engineers, and artists. Bionic City® both investigates the potential application and future impact of its own research activities, and that of seminal scientific, technological, and creative developments worldwide, engaging mediums and techniques including post-normal science; scenario planning; speculative design and fiction; trend identification, analysis, and extrapolation; workshops, panels, and interviews; and lab and field experiments.
 
Melissa Sterry
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A discussion of the potentialities for developing urban resilience to natural hazards through the mimicry of the behaviours, relationships, and systems of flora and fauna.
Discussing the potentialities of developing cities that mimic the behaviours, relationships, and systems of flora and fauna, and in doing so become resilient to environment flux, including natural hazards.
Discussing the role of imaginary cities in evolving architectural and city narratives.
Melissa Sterry
added 3 research items
Asking "how would nature design a city" with resilience to natural hazard events?
A discussion of biomimetics and the built environment. Article available to download at http://www.sgi.org/resources/sgi-quarterly-magazine/10052.html
Discussion of the potentialities of biomimetic architecture.