Archinect - News 2014-10-23T11:11:31-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/103342091/un-natural-architectures-scorpion-design-temperature-controlled-burrows (Un)natural Architectures: Scorpion Design Temperature-Controlled Burrows Nicholas Korody 2014-07-03T19:28:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:40:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmzinljb71xkrmh3.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists have discovered that scorpions design their burrows to include both hot and cold spots. A long platform provides a sunny place to warm up before they hunt, whilst a humid chamber acts as a cool refuge during the heat of the day.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This recent discovery of scorpion architecture adds to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/apr/22/the-worlds-best-animal-architecture-in-pictures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a sizeable list of impressive non-human architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3y/3yc2gfwdkju4jvzj.jpg"></p><p>Anthills consist of a complex network of paths. Comparative to the size of an individual ant, these structures are mega-skyscrapers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n5/n5c2lw9mqvzncih0.jpg"></p><p>Likewise, termites build huge structures that have been dubbed "cathedrals." Reaching up to 6m high or more, termite cathedrals are clustered in large arrays that cover whole landscapes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/uthp52gv5ctadpjw.jpg"></p><p>This complex web of branches was built by&nbsp;the vogelkop gardener bowerbird. In direct refutation of the "less is more" aesthetic exemplified by both ants and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, these birds embellish their structures with any bright things they can find.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/oswnipnuxdib2b2z.jpg">Primates, including humans, are probably the most avid builders. For example, from an early age, orangutans learn to design and construct elaborately woven nests high in trees.&nbsp;</p><p>Far from trivial &ndash; and humor aside &ndash;, studying animal architectures helps destabilize the normative understanding of architecture as a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75857663/birds-were-the-original-architects Birds were the original architects Nam Henderson 2013-06-26T01:24:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:23:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0q/0qzusbh4ejt2es4w.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chee Pearlman, a design consultant and curator, ventured that nests are &ldquo;probably the purest antidote to the heavy steel-and-concrete building footprints that, city by mega-city, are overtaking the globe.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Penelope Green explores the work of a number of contemporary "<strong>nest</strong>" makers such as Jayson Fann&nbsp;and Porky Hefer, who make nests for relaxation, comfort or pleasure. Ms. Green also discusses some recent examples of Twigitecture created as either fine art or performance art.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/54672419/bat-cloud Bat Cloud anthony dong 2012-08-03T12:33:00-04:00 >2012-08-06T15:23:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/np/npgwy7x2qgax5fe3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Bat Cloud,&rdquo; as her creation is called, is an unusual array of hanging bat houses installed at the refuge in May by the University at Buffalo architecture professor with the help of current and former students.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>