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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® 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.

 

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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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Leapfrog Project, March 2014

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Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan left 1.9 million homeless, more than 6 million displaced, and more than 6,000 dead in Tacloban City, Philippines.  Ninety percent of the city’s structures are either destroyed or damaged. 

 

Initiated by award-winning architect Lira Luis of Chicago-based architecture practice ALLL, Leapfrog Project is an effort to help the Philippines rebuild with new-found resilience. Born of balanced collaboration with Filipinos, it moves away from acts of imposition, by directly including locals in a hands-on capacity. Centred on innovation for sustainable development, Leapfrog Project is engaging different schools of thought in design, science, business, and technology - not incorporating just one exclusive paradigm, but a consideration of brilliant ideas that will be found most appropriate and supportive of the achievement of the project goal. 

 

Leapfrog Project collaborators include WorkLand M&E Institute, Inc, University of the Philippines, National Housing Authority, United Architects of the Philippines, Social Project.PH, Philippine government agencies, and international professionals from Bionic City®, The Caritas Project, OREM Foundation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and graduates from Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin.

 

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Bionic City magazine, March 2014

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

Bionic City's insight:

Bionic City magazine, March 2014 issue. Free to view in tablet, smartphone and web formats on Flipboard, with over 109,000 readers and  featuring leading-edge developments in biomimetic systems, biotechnologies and bio-inspired concepts for the built environment.

 

Search 'Bionic City' in the 'Tech & Science' section of Flipboard app or website to subscribe. Bionic City magazine is one of just 74 titles, selected from over 5 million, to feature in Flipboard's Best of #MagsWeLove 2013 collection, and is one of the Top 40 'Most Read' magazines on the platform.

 

Read at https://flipboard.com/section/bionic-city-bSn7Jq

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Biomimetics: Learning from Life

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Global Innovation Science Handbook, Chapter 9 - Biomimetics: Learning from Life eBook by Melissa Sterry. Editors: Praveen Gupta, Brett E. Trusko

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Biomimetics: Learning from Life, authored by design scientist Melissa Sterry, is an exploration into now, near and far future of Biomimetics, with an emphasis on developments in health, wellbeing, communications, architecture and cities. The title is available both as a stand-alone digital book, and as a chapter in the Global Innovation Science Handbook - a comprehensive guide to the science, art, tools, and deployment of innovation, brought together by two editors of the prestigious International Journal of Innovation Science, with ground-breaking contributions from global innovation leaders in every type of industry.

 

 

Extract: 

 

"Welcome to what could be called the “Symbionic Century”; a time when everything, including people, can be connected using electronic signals; integrated information communications technology that facilitates mutualistic interaction from the nano to the macro in scale. Symbiosis is one of the most fundamental features of living ecosystems; a relationship that benefits the parties—in some instances to such a degree that one cannot exist without another. A symbiotic relationship, at the landscape scale in which nanoscale and macroscale species are codependent, is found in forests. Fungus and the roots of vascular plants form a mutualistic relationship (mycorrhiza), which among other functions enables the mobilization of a range of nutrients across the forest floor. Complex systems such as this, along with advances in information communications technology, are inspiring a new paradigm in computing. "

 

Published by McGraw Hill Publishing, the title is available in print and digital from retailers including Amazon, Google eBooks, Barnes and Noble and WH Smith.

 

http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Global_Innovation_Science_Handbook_Chapt.html?id=FSXFAgAAQBAJ

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Urban Morphogenesis, March 2014

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Urban Morphogenesis UDII, The Bartlett, March 14th 2014

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Directed by ecoLogic Studio co-founders Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, the Urban Morphogenesis lecture series at The Bartlett, University College London, will explore facets of the emergent built environment paradigm, including biologically-informed buildings and infrastructure. One of several speakers in the series, design scientist Melissa Sterry will present on biomimetic city design and its potential for building greater resilience to natural hazard events.

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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

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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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International Society of BioUrbanism, March 2014

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"Join @bioniccity to discuss the #CityofLife on March 19th 2014."

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Bionic City® has joined forces with the International Society of BioUrbanism to cohost a tweet-up at 6pm on March 19th 2014. 

 

Led by design scientist Melissa Sterry and ISB Research Director Dr. Stefano Serafini, the session will discuss bioinspired cities and matters related therein. 

 

To engage in the discussion use hashtag #CityofLife and follow @bioniccity and @biourbanism.

 

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AIA National Convention 2014

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2014 AIA National Convention : The American Institute of Architects
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The American Institute of Architects National Convention is a leading global industry event, with essential, topical education sessions and tours; exhibitors showing what’s new and what’s next; and many networking events. Held on three consecutive days, at the Apple Store theatre, Chicago, as part of the official programme of the convention, AIA Diversity Council is curating a series of lectures spanning architecture, design, fashion, future, technology, and cities. Design Scientist Melissa Sterry is one of nine speakers participating in the series, and will be presenting on the Bionic City.

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Sustainable Challenges 2014

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"Sustainable Challenges at Coventry University, April 7th 2014"

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Hosted by the Chartered Institute of Building together with Sustainable Business Futures at Coventry University, which was voted 'Modern University of Year 2014' in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, Sustainable Challenges will explore the global sustainability challenges facing the built environment sector, and means by which we may potentially address them. Speakers: Melissa Sterry, Design scientist and Futurist and Mark Gaterell Professor of Sustainable Construction, Coventry University.

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