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Opportunities in #Biomimicry Await in Function, Not Just Form - EcoBuilding Pulse

Opportunities in #Biomimicry Await in Function, Not Just Form - EcoBuilding Pulse

Project Haiti courtyard Credit: Courtesy HOK When America’s economy hit crisis mode in 2008, many architecture firms had to cut staff and re-evaluate business models. But the Great Recession also became an opportunity for some forward-thinking practices to re-educate themselves. Serving sustainable needs, as the thinking went, was one strategy that could help sustain profits in a time of economic—and climate—change. For example, just when the stock market crashed five years ago, architecture firm HOK had formed a strategic partnership with Biomimicry 3.8, a consultancy in Missoula, Mont. HOK wanted to explore how design could learn from the natural world beyond the mimicking of superficial forms. Credit: Courtesy HOK Project Haiti systems Enlarge Close One of the firm’s bio-inspired designs is Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center, which replaces a structure destro...

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