d.nature: Explorations in Biologically Inspired Design

Monday & Wednesday + Saturday (first two weeks)
April 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30, 7:00p – 9:00p
April 19 & 26, 9:00a – 12:00p
Studio 1

The world around us is filled with design treasure waiting to be found. From birds to geckos to wetlands, designers have found deep inspiration by turning to nature for solutions to many of the challenges humans face. For example, to mitigate water pipe calcification, engineers have turned to sea shells and found a protein they use to limit calcium growth. Come explore the world of biologically inspired design and discover the blueprints nature has been working on for billions of years.

In this pop-up, we will focus on a variety of topics including biomimicry from an engineering standpoint, emergent systems, human-centered environments design, and sustainability. The course will have a format of adventure, just like any good backpacking or rafting trip. One day we might be delivering a lecture and engaging in classroom activities, another we might have an eminent biomimicry scholar sharing their wisdom, and the next we might be exploring Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve in search of nature inspired design inspiration. Students will be asked to complete two small projects outside of class in addition to attending every session.

Our overall goal is that you walk away with an increased appreciated for the natural world as well as a radically new way of designing new products, systems, and services. Together we will strengthen your ability to not only see the forest for the trees or even just the trees themselves, but also the principles that govern their behavior and relationship to one another. Nature is a living design warehouse, constantly testing out products and processes that can inform our future. Let’s go explore it.

Teaching Team
Taylor Cone, dschool
Noah Standridge
Julie Sammons

Enrollment limited to 15 graduate and undergraduate students. Applications close March 31 at 11:59pm. Apply here: http://bit.ly/popappspring2014