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Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature

  • 00:00 - 15 January, 2014
Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature
Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature, The Sahara Forest Project. Courtesy The Sahara Forest Project Foundation
The Sahara Forest Project. Courtesy The Sahara Forest Project Foundation

In February 2014, The Architecture Foundation will present Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature, the first ever solo show of Exploration, a thought-leading architecture and design practice working in the field of biomimicry.

A striking 3D printed installation 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from the studio’s cutting-edge research on sustainable, nature-inspired design, including two new, previously unpublished designs.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 a myriad of natural specimens that inspired the designs – offering 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.

Showcasing Exploration’s working philosophy and 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 programme based on the adaptive growth patterns of trees and bones. Large-scale 3D printing pioneer Lukas Oehmigen of BigRep will be exclusively developing two brand new machines to print the specially designed exhibition installation.

At a time when architecture and society more broadly urgently need to reconsider their relationship to the natural world and move towards a more ecologically sustainable future, the exhibition will offer a timely showcase of biomimicry, and the innovative approach to design and resource use it offers. The Architecture Foundation is delighted to be partnering with Interface, a pioneer in applying biomimicry to industrial design challenges, as a headline sponsor for this exciting exhibition that will present this emerging design discipline to a UK audience.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a public programme of events expanding on the themes of the exhibition, including a headline event featuring Exploration Director Michael Pawlyn, as well as broader debates exploring wider questions about the relationship between science, mathematics and the natural world. Full details to be announced shortly.

Curated by Exploration Architecture and The Architecture Foundation.

Cite: "Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature" 15 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884