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Biomimetics, Volume 4, Issue 2 (June 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) In UC Berkeley’s Studio One program, students create innovative structures that draw inspiration [...] Read more. In UC Berkeley’s Studio One program, students create innovative structures that draw inspiration from the natural world, are firmly grounded in research, and implement fundamental strategies for lightweight design and material efficiency. With the focus on “Bio-Inspired Design and Fabrication,” this new teaching model seeks to forge new interdisciplinary alliances and cross-professional partnerships. In the studio, students follow an inquiry-oriented, experiment-based, project-driven research agenda and investigate biological models for their efficiency and adaptability. Inspired by the flexible and resilient structures found in plants and insects, the students created a series of bio-inspired construction principles and transferred them into the development of new fabrication concepts to build functional prototypes and architectural-scale pavilions. View this paper.