D04 - Genius of Biome: Biomimicry Workshop

Thursday, November 15 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM | 183A « Back

Abstract Text:

Nature adapts dynamically and resiliently to complex, systemic challenges and can serve as inspiration for the design community as we address systemic issues of climate change, urbanization, and natural disaster. Drawing inspiration from natural principles and systems through the practice of biomimicry provides a fresh opportunity to re-imagine how to solve complex human design challenges. This hands-on “Challenge to Biology” workshop will introduce participants to the biomimicry process that bases design through the imitation of natural services. Design and biology experts will facilitate a brainstorming session with a range of “Design Champion” species in the Chicago region’s Temperate Biome: a unique blend of forest, savanna and prairie. Participants will be arranged across Land Planning, Architecture, Interior Environments, MEP & Structural Engineering. Through this experiential process, teams will have the opportunity to create innovative, adaptive, and scalable strategies to address key resilience challenges in the built environment, lessons that are translatable to their own context. Key to this process is the collaboration of multiple disciplines, as the workshop will explore challenges through a variety of disciplinary lenses, from biology to design. The goal is to transform biologicial research into design explorations and to address problems that we’ve only begun to consider.

Learning Objectives:

Practice using biomimicry brainstorming techniques to enhance the Integrative Process within LEED v4 BD+C.

Design replicable strategies and ecosystem functions for the built environment using champion species related to Chicago’s ecosystem realities.

Apply Biomimicry thinking and Environmental Performance Standards to design with nature; support natural services, human health and well-being with biophilic design which is the intent of LEEDv4 BD+C Designing with Nature, Biophilic Design for the Indoor Environment Pilot Credit

Understand lessons learned with a developed metric framework when using an Innovation Credit within LEED v4 BD+C, and apply to the participant’s own biomes, regions and offices.

Learning Level:



GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD +C
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD +C

Event Type: Core Education Program > Session