Despite the ever-growing sophistication of synthetic and digital tools, it’s the natural world that captures the imaginations of today’s vanguard designers. By looking to nature as a teacher rather than simply as a source for raw materials, pioneers in the emerging biomimicry movement are developing design methods and materials to create intelligent buildings that emulate life itself.
Curated by Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer with drawings by Blair Satterfield, Hypernatural presents an international collection of case studies that illustrate astonishing new applications possible in this rapidly growing field, from algae farm building facades to pavilions constructed by live silkworms. Together, these projects show that by looking to nature, design can be a tool that makes our built environment more efficient, sustainable, and, most of all, livable.
HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall
89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
September 26, 2015 – January 24, 2016