Installed within The Architecture Foundation’s central London project space, ‘Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature’, opens in February

Architecture Foundation hosts pioneering Exploration Architecture show

It will showcase a selection of four projects and prototypes from the studio’s cutting-edge research on sustainable, nature-inspired design, including two new, previously unpublished designs.

Study models, sketches and specially commissioned short films introducing Exploration’s projects will be presented alongside the many natural specimens which inspired the designs. These, AF says, offer a unique insight into the studio’s practice of learning from nature ‘in order to deliver future-facing solutions for architecture, systems design and materials production that address the major challenges of our age’.
Founder and director of Exploration, Michael Pawlyn is a leading practitioner working in the field of biomimicry, an emerging discipline rigorously based on how functions are delivered in biology and how these can be translated into design. Prior to setting up his practice, Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw Architects for 10 years, as part of the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable design and is author of ‘Biomimicry in Architecture’ (RIBA Publishing, 2011).
Embracing 3D printing’s capacity for radically increased resource efficiency, the exhibition’s central installation will take the form of a long sweeping display structure designed using innovative SKO software – a structural optimisation computer program based on the adaptive growth patterns of trees and bones. Large-scale 3D printing pioneer Lukas Oehmigen of BigRep is developing two new machines to print the specially designed exhibition installation.

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