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Bionic City magazine, Nov 2014

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"Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment"

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Bionic City November 2014 issue is free to view on mobile, tablet or web and features leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment.

 

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Bionic City magazine, Oct 2014

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"Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment"

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Bionic City October 2014 issue is free to view on mobile, tablet or web and features leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment.

 

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Forty Over 40 Asks, Sept 2014

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Forty over 40 interview 2014 honouree, design scientist, futurist and founder of Bionic City, Melissa Sterry, in which she talks biomimetics, biodiversity and more. 

 

http://fortyover40.com/40-over-40-asks-11-questions-for-melissa-sterry-design-scientist-futurist/

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Leapfrog From Disaster, 2014

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“… Leapfrog Project’s role and potential for the Philippines is staked out... (This) symposium will be hugely important as the one year anniversary of the disaster (Haiyan/Yolanda) approaches.” USA Ambassador (ret) John F. Maisto, President of the US-Philippines Society

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Organized and led by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA and Leapfrog Project, with the American Institute of Architects’ AIA NY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) and AIA International, Leapfrog from Disaster will be held in the Philippines on November 1 – 7, 2014 to bring together world-leading pioneers in Resilience, Architecture, and Ecology.

 

Coinciding with the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, Leapfrog from Disaster is set to be a truly radical symposium that will both generate and seed distinctive new built environment solutions to the challenge of natural hazards.

 

Leapfrog from Disaster will explore new theories for both urban and rural development that may accelerate resilience by moving away from out-dated practices and technologies, to more efficient, more equitable and more sustainable solutions.

 

Speakers and delegates alike will be challenged to re-invent the post-disaster paradigm, going beyond current aspirations and expectations in post-disaster rehabilitation.

 

Its aims to: 

 

• organize a genuinely collaborative post-disaster rebuilding initiative that utilizes wide-ranging local, national and international expertise, efforts, and resources to help Tacloban and its neighboring cities rebuild with resilience.


• engage different schools of thought from design, science, technology and business, through interdisciplinary discourse and group activities both during and after the symposium.


• birth a new school of architecture-and-design-thinking from the typhoon rebuilding efforts, which may inform future natural hazard resilience programs worldwide.


• develop ecologically-friendly architectural solutions that help protect the rich biodiversity of the region and beyond.

 

Speakers include: Jose Emmanuel H. Jalandoni, snr vice president, Ayala Land, Inc; James Karl Fischer, president, RIBA-USA and director, The Zoological Lighting Institute; Melissa Sterry, design scientist and futurologist, Bionic City and University of Greenwich; Scott Countryman, managing director, The Coral Triangle Conservancy; Christine E. Bruckner, region president, AIA International; Romeo Santos, professor, College of Architecture, University of the Philippines ; Lira Luis, trustee, RIBA-USA Board, chief collaboration architect, ALLL.

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Join Bionic City on Twitter

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"Bionic City® asks 'how would Nature design a city with resilience to natural hazards?': a research project run by design scientist @MelissaSterry since 2010"

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Follow now at https://twitter.com/BionicCity

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Artify your Abstract

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Sterry's AGU 'Artify your Abstract' submission 'artifies' her abstract for the annual lecture she delivered for the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA) USA at their Annual General Meeting, which was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Chicago on June 26th 2014. 

 

Lasting 60-minutes, her talk discussed the potential for biomimetics, biotechnology and biomorphic design within the cities of today and tomorrow, as well as broader aspects of the relationship between humanity and nature, including the role of biodiversity within the urban context, the value of ecosystem services and the importance of cities in preserving biodiversity, both indigenous and migratory. She further discussed her PhD research and her creative project Bionic City, both of which she initiated in January 2010. The former explores the potential of the city as a complex adaptive system which mimics the behaviours, relationships and systems found in nature that build resilience to wildfires, droughts, heat waves and floods. The latter investigates the broader question of "how would nature design a city?", developing original research, concepts and creative works, both independently and in collaboration with a global community of like-minded scientists, architects, technologists and designers.

 

Having spent several years at art and design school during her teens and early twenties, and started her career working as a cross disciplinary designer, Sterry chose the medium of collage for her 'Artify your Abstract' submission. The piece layers several images she has taken when examining biological and geological materials under the microscope. Atop of these sit a diagram of one of the principal theories Sterry applies within her research, Panarchy, as defined by ecologist C. S. Holling. Above this Sterry graphed an image of a strange attractor, which sourced using a Creative Commons license, references the application of Chaos Theory within her hypothesis, as discussed during the lecture to which the abstract relates.

 

Sterry's RIBA-USA Annual Lecture Abstract read:

 

Learning from Life: The Biologically Informed City

 

How can biology potentially inform and inspire the cities of the now, near and far future? What insights into tackling urban challenges including resource shortages, pollution, waste, inequality and extreme weather might we gain from mimicking the physiology and behaviour of flora and fauna species? What are the very latest developments in Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biomorphic Design, and where might these take architecture and related disciplines? How might cities play a critical role in biodiversity conservation in the coming century and beyond? Sterry will present answers to these questions and more, as she discusses both her own research and development projects, and those of her peers in bio-informed design and technology worldwide.

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Learning from life: The Biologically Informed City

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA had its annual lecture on June 26th 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago. This year’s Keynote Speaker was …
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Fringe Benefit Lecture Series , June 2014

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Architecture Showcase: Diversity in Design at Applestore, Chicago.

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Fringe Benefit Lecture Series ‘Architecture Showcase: Diversity in Design', curated by the American Institute of Architects Diversity Council, and affiliated to the AIA National Convention, will showcase the ideas and innovations of built environment pioneers from the USA, UK and beyond. Taking place at the Applestore, Chicago from June 23rd - 25th 2014, its speakers and topics include:

 

Bohdan Gernaga, instructor and director of interiors at tymedesign, who will talk about how embracing colour creates emotionally responsive environments.

 

Ashley Mistry, industrial designer and lead digital fabrication specialist for NRI Chicago, who will discuss 3D printing.

 

James Karl Fischer, architect, instructor, and founder of the Zoological Lighting Institute, who will discuss photobiology and nocturnal habitats. 

 

Melissa Sterry, design scientist and futurist, who will ask ‘how would nature design a city?’ and discuss the potential for biomimetics in architecture and planning.

 

Lira Luis, Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin-trained architect, who will present fringe ideas for rebuilding after a disaster.

 

Juan Moreno, architect and founder of JGMA, who will share how JGMA's projects are transforming some of Chicago's diverse neighbourhoods. 

 

To reserve a place, click the link above.

 

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Bionic City magazine, June 2014

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"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Bionic City magazine, June 2014 issue. Free to view in tablet, smartphone and web formats on Flipboard, with over 120,000 readers and featuring leading-edge developments in biomimetic systems, biotechnologies and bio-inspired concepts for the built environment. Search 'Bionic City' in Flipboard app or website to view.

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AIA 3D Printing Webinar

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AIA 3D Printing Webinar, July 2014

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Part of the AIA's Practice Management Knowledge Community webinar series, '3D Printing as Disruptive Innovation in Emerging Practice' will explore the potential of 3D Printing within architecture, and how it may facilitate changes in design practice, processes and delivery, including its role as an integral part of architectural practice, services and markets. Speakers include Janjaap Ruijssenaars, principal, Universe Architecture and Melissa Sterry, design scientist and futurist

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Ravensbourne, May 2014

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On May 20th 2014 Design Scientist and Futurist Melissa Sterry will be participating as a visiting lecturer and workshop host in Design Innovation at the design and media focused university Ravensbourne, at Greenwich Peninsula, South East London. Titled 'Designing Biologically Informed Systems: Biomimetic, Biotechnological and Biomorphic Design Solutions for Cities and Society' her talk will explore how biology can potentially inform and inspire systemic innovation in the cities and societies of the now, near and far future. What insights into tackling sustainability challenges including resource shortages and distribution, pollution and waste management, and resilience to extreme meteorological and geological events might we gain from leading-edge research and development in the fields of Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biomorphic Design? Sterry will present some of her own R&D projects, as well as those of peers and influential practitioners in bio-informed design worldwide. 

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#CityofLife, March 2014

"Bionic City® and the International Society of Biourbanism co-hosted a tweet-up on March 19th 2014. Led by design scientist Melissa Sterry (@MelissaSterry) and ISB Research Director Dr. Stefano Serafini (@StefanoSerafi11), the session discussed bio-inspired cities and related subjects.

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Metropolis Magazine, March 2014

Metropolis Magazine, March 2014 | Bionic City® | Scoop.it
How biomimetics could be the key to our urban future
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'Scientists predict that extreme meteorological events are becoming more frequent and destructive. For instance late last year, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm recorded in the world so far, decimated central island cities in the Philippines. Recent data sourced from the Japanese Meteorological Agency indicated extreme weather occurrences across the globe. These pose critical challenges to our current and future rebuilding programs in cities where extreme weather has become the new “benchmark for disaster prevention,” as suggested during a congress meeting in the Philippines by the UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia Pacific, Senator Loren Legarda. What are the systems and strategies that can get us to resiliency?

 

In searching for sustainable strategies for the Leapfrog Project for Central Philippines rebuilding program, I came across the Global Innovation Science Handbook. The volume, compiled by the International Journal of Innovation Science, contains 50 chapters, each one of which tackles innovation within a variety of industries. The book's ninth chapter, "Biomimetics: Learning from Life," focuses on biomimetics and suggests ways that the built environment can learn from the natural world. The text, written by design scientist and futurist Melissa, grips you with insights on two great fields of human endeavor: leading-edge science and technology. While it has a sense of otherworldliness bordering on “[a] science fiction film set far in the future,” as Sterry describes, it’s delivered in an accessible prose that will be appreciated by practicing architects, designers, and even casual readers. The text provokes thought about biomimetics as the intuitive part of our natural self and environment.' 

 

Read more at http://www.metropolismag.com/Point-of-View/March-2014/We-Can-Make-Our-Cities-More-Resilient-by-Making-Them-More-Natural/

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AIA 3D Printing Webinar

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3D printing or Additive Manufacturing is a disruptive innovation that could potentially create new markets and value networks for both emerging and established practices. As the technology becomes part of mainstream architectural services and project delivery, what kind of changes would this bring? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different 3D printing processes as it relates to cost reduction and marketing?

 

This webinar explores the advantages and caveats of 3D Printing technology in architecture and design practices through a series of three presentations provided by design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry, Royal Academy of Dutch Architects Professor Janjaap Ruijssenaars and NRI’s Digital Fabrication Specialist.

 

Recorded and broadcast by the American Institute of Architects on July 17th 2014, distributed publicly on November 21st 2014.

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City of Life, Oct 2014

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Bionic City and the International Society of BioUrbanism invite you to join us for our #CityofLife tweet-up at 6pm on October 6th 2014. 

 

The 60-minute session is titled 'Sociogenome' and will explore various facets of bio-design within the built environment, including swarm theory, collective intelligence, open-source, iso-benefit, intentionality, bottom-up codes, maker-culture, self-assembly and more. 

 

The second tweet-up in our on-going collaborative series, this #CityofLife session will feature three back-to-back co-hosts, each of whom will focus the Q&A on a different facet of sociogenomics. 

 

Send us your questions and thoughts in advance using the hashtag #CityofLife and follow the tweet-up hosts at 

@bioniccity @biourbanism @melissasterry @StefanoSerafi11

 

Find the transcript of the first #CityofLife tweet-up at goo.gl/Pp7trf

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Oxford Climate Forum, Nov 2014

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Bionic City's insight:

On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November 2014, University of Oxford will host its fifth annual Climate Forum (OCF). The leading student-run conference of its kind, OCF brings top environmental figures and thinkers together with over 300 students from Oxford and across the world. Its mission is to provide inspiration and knowledge for tomorrow’s leaders, creating opportunities for young people to tackle the challenges of climate change. 

 

The theme of this year’s conference is Individual, Community, World: ACTION. From individual decisions to community organization to international policies, every action has an impact in shaping our future. OCF will act as a focal point to bring academia and business together in order to understand, empower, and organise the change that is required to meet the most significant challenge of the 21st century. It will consider a wide spectrum of areas—such as research, business, and policy—from the perspectives of both developed and developing countries.

 

The conference will include lectures, panel discussions, debates, and workshops, all of which will inform and challenge participants. Most importantly, this conference will inspire attendees to take greater action within the climate change arena on all levels, from individual behaviour change to international collaboration.

 

Confirmed speakers include design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry, who will deliver a keynote on the role of cities in mitigating the impacts of climate change and its secondary impacts, with a focus on bio-designed architecture and infrastructure.

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Bionic City magazine, Sept 2014

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"Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biology for the Built Environment"

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Bionic City September 2014 issue is free to view on mobile, tablet or web and features leading-edge biomimetics, biotechnology and biology for the built environment.

 

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Leapfrog Project, August 2014

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Bionic City's insight:

Bionic City® is currently participating in several pioneering international projects that explore the potential of biomimetics, biotechnology, biomorphism and biology within the built environment, both now and in the future.

 

One such initiative Bionic City® is supporting is Leapfrog Project, which formed in response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.  Launched at the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Chicago in June 2014, Leapfrog Project explores new theories for both urban and rural development that may accelerate resilience by leapfrogging away from out-dated practices and technologies, to more efficient, more equitable and more sustainable solutions. 

 

Leapfrog Project aims to organize a genuinely collaborative post-disaster rebuilding initiative that utilises wide-ranging local, national and international expertise, efforts, and resources to help Tacloban and its neighbouring cities rebuild with resilience. Its collaborators will engage different schools of thought from design, science, technology and business, through wide ranging interdisciplinary discourse and group activities.

 

Leapfrog Project will further develop ecologically-friendly architectural solutions that help protect the rich biodiversity of the region and beyond. Ultimately it aims to birth a new school of architecture-and-design-thinking from the typhoon rebuilding efforts, which may inform future natural hazard resilience programs worldwide.

 

Those interested in participating in Leapfrog Project can find out more at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Leapfrog-Project-8137176

 

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Bionic City magazine, August 2014

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"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Bionic City magazine, August 2014 issue. Free to view in tablet, smartphone and web formats on Flipboard, with over 121,000 readers and featuring leading-edge developments in biomimetic systems, biotechnologies and bio-inspired concepts for the built environment. Search 'Bionic City' in Flipboard app or browser to view.

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Bionic City®: asking how would Nature design a city?, June 2014

Design Scientist and Futurist Melissa Sterry's keynote presentation, which titled 'Bionic City' was given at the AIA Fringe Benefit Lecture Series, during the …
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The Biologically Informed City

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Looking closely at nature: image of a flower under a microscope. Image by Melissa Sterry.

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA will have its annual lecture on June 26th, Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Melissa Sterry and titled 'Learning from Life: The Biologically Informed City', her talk will discuss several facets of the relationship between nature and cities.

 

Abstract:

 

How can biology potentially inform and inspire the cities of the now, near and far future? What insights into tackling urban challenges including resource shortages, pollution, waste, inequality and extreme weather might we gain from mimicking the physiology and behaviour of flora and fauna species? What are the very latest developments in Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biomorphic Design, and where might these take architecture and related disciplines? How might cities play a critical role in biodiversity conservation in the coming century and beyond? Sterry will present answers to these questions and more, as she discusses both her own research and development projects, and those of her peers in bio-informed design and technology worldwide.

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Bionic City magazine, May 2014

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"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Bionic City magazine, May 2014 issue. Free to view in tablet, smartphone and web formats on Flipboard, with over 116,000 readers and featuring leading-edge developments in biomimetic systems, biotechnologies and bio-inspired concepts for the built environment. Search 'Bionic City' in Flipboard app or website to view.

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Annual Lecture, RIBA USA

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RIBA USA Annual Lecture 2014

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On June 26th 2014 Melissa Sterry will give the Annual Lecture at the RIBA USA Annual General Meeting, being held at the Doubletree Hotel, Chicago. Her talk will discuss the potential for biomimetics, biotechnology and bio-inspired design within the cities of today and tomorrow, as well as broader aspects of the relationship between humanity and nature, including the role of biodiversity within the urban context, the value of ecosystem services and the importance of cities in preserving biodiversity, both local and migratory. 

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Bionic City magazine, April 2014

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"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Bionic City magazine, April 2014 issue. Free to view in tablet, smartphone and web formats on Flipboard, with over 114,000 readers and featuring leading-edge developments in biomimetic systems, biotechnologies and bio-inspired concepts for the built environment. Search 'Bionic City' in Flipboard app or website to view.

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C2MTL, March 2014

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Bionic City® featured alongside one of our collaborators, The Invisible City, in C2MTL's 'Guide for Inquiring Minds'. Published March 20th 2014. 

 

Read more at http://www.c2mtl.com/blog-creativity/#!12354

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