Hunter Ruthrauff

Hunter Ruthrauff

San Diego, CA, US



The driving force of this project is the integration and translation of biological principles using computational methods.Biomimetics and morphogenesis are currently hot topics within
the world of architecture. In the domain of biology, morphogenesis refers to the emergence of structural features during the embryonic stages of life. In the context of architecture, this term
alludes to the infant stages of generative design when relationships among formal modules and structural logic are first being defined. This design methodology uses bottom-up logic as
a means of creation by essentially designing a building’s “DNA” through an iterative process. Biomimetics loosely translated means “life copy”, but is more precisely defined as the extraction
and imitation of natural survival mechanisms or efficiencies. For architecture, and more broadly the world of design, biomimetics offers clues on how to approach design problems we encounter
on a daily basis. This is done by studying models in nature which have been refined as the result of evolutionary selection. Natural models of cantilevered structures were examined for their effectiveness
of overlapping vascular systems and structure, whilst displaying a relationship between cell density, shape and the allocation of material based on need. Two natural models were examined
to provide insight on cantilevered structures: dragonfly wings and lily pads.

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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Seattle, WA, US