In a recent article published by the Financial Times, architect and public speaker Michael Pawlyn delves into how biomimicry can be applied to architecture in order to solve design problems and create a more sustainable future. Even in very early examples, biomimicry has been critical in the development of architecture; for example when Filippo Brunelleschi studied eggshells to create a thinner and lighter dome for his cathedral in Florence. In a modern example, biomimicry has been utilized—through the examination of termite mounds—to create cool environments without air conditioning in warm climates, such as in Zimbabwe.
Furthermore, studies have begun that research coral and its biomineralization, a creation process that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as an alternative for traditional methods of concrete production. Read more about these examples of architectural biomimicry and more, in the full article here.