Biomimicry for the Built Environment

Start: 
Wed, 2016/11/02 - Fri, 2016/11/04
Location: 
HOK Office, San Francisco, CA

How can ecosystems inspire the design of the built environment? When can buildings benefit from nature’s genius? Where can you use biomimicry tools in your design process? 

Biomimicry for the Built Environment will provide hands-on experience for incorporating biomimicry into the design process—helping architects, designers, engineers, planners, developers, and design teams go beyond sustainability-as-usual. The training is designed to help you understand how and where ecological intelligence can support place-based, well-adapted design during three full days of instruction.

The training will help you understand how and where ecological intelligence can support place-based, well-adapted design during three full days of instruction, which will include exploration of the California Academy of Sciences and the redwood forest with local naturalist John Muir Laws.

This training will provide you with tools you can use to immediately begin applying biomimicry-inspired design principles to your projects in a meaningful way, allowing you to leverage your professional skills to achieve nature-inspired design. Through the course of the workshop, our world-renowned biomimicry instructors will teach participants to:

  • Establish a Biomimicry Team Mindset by orienting the vision and values of biomimicry that align the team around a sense of purpose for creating conditions conducive to life
  • Get Inspired by your Project’s Reference Habitat to experience a sense of place associated with the project, and explore a framework to develop a basic ecological literacy for the reference habitats and the complexity of its interconnections
  • Design with Ecological Performance Standards that establish ecologically-based performance metrics and design patterns supporting functionality to help develop design plans that aspire to perform as well as the local ecology
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