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Ilaria Mazzoleni Explores Nature-Inspired Architecture in New Book

In her recently published book Architecture Follows Nature—Biometric Principles for Innovative Design (CRC Press, 2013), faculty member Ilaria Mazzoleni seeks to instill a shift in thinking about the application of biological principles to design and architecture. In collaboration with biologist Shauna Price, Mazzoleni focuses on the analysis of how organisms have adapted to different environments and translates the learned principles into the built environment.

To illustrate their methodology, the authors draw inspiration from the diversity of animal coverings, referred to broadly as skin, and apply them to the design of building envelopes through a series of twelve case studies. The 264-page book contains more than 500 full-color illustrations and photographs of the resulting architectural designs.

A book signing reception will be hosted on Monday, Oct 21, 7pm in the SCI-Arc Library.

Architecture Follows Nature is available on Amazon.