An iPhone App about Biomimetic Architecture: BioDesign #3 by Dennis Dollens

This seems to be the year for green iPhone apps, with already over 100 to choose from, including TreeHugger's own which was launched last month and the Green Map app launched recently. Now here is one for the biomimicry and architecture fans amongst you. Dennis Dollens, the architect who grows buildings, has just made his work available via the iPhone. Dollens' latest comic carries on where his last one left off. It is about developing ideas to combine technology with biology in an architectural context. He is constantly studying plants and looking for biomimetic ideas to apply to buildings and designs, in order to create bio-architecture; clean, eco-friendly buildings that could filter pollution, harvest energy and much more.

In order to communicate these ideas and inspire others to come up with more, Dollens writes comic books. Most of them are available as downloadable PDFs via his site on Issuu, but now you can read BioDesign #3 as an iPhone application in a beautifully re-designed, much easier to handle, format.

BioDesign #3 is the iPhone/iTouch edition of Architecture & Biomimetics #3: A Pangolin's Guide to Bio-Digital Movement in Architecture (ISBN: 978-0-930829-12-4).
From ongoing experiments with bio-generative software, this comic book graphically explores design and digital nature through forms and structures derived from plant simulations: e-trees, branches, leaves, and flowers. BioDesign #3 illustrates works generated with Xfrog using biologically and environmentally derived information while also considering ways to infuse botanic attributes into structures, stl models, hybridized technologies, and materials while keeping in mind performance goals such as shape-shifting aerodynamics, passive air filtration, temperature and pollution control. The comic's drawings are rendered from the project's CAD files to visualize and hypothesize ways for "digitally growing"--simulating--bio-design and bio-evolved forms with sensors and actuators for hybridized urban structures.

iPhone app description

Inspired by graphic novels and manga, BioDesign #3 illustrates Dollens' research and ideas to grow buildings just like plants, in order to create better functioning and more sustainable cities; cities as 'urban forests'. He uses the softwares Xfrog and Rhino, which allow the architect to create structures, panels or skins, mimicking branches, leaves and pots. One of the goals is to create functional services to interiors where for example reconfigured bio-robotic leaves could channel airflow for passive ventilation, air filtration, noise reduction, environmental monitoring, as well as supplemental power.

These design ideas are illustrated in the iPhone app BioDesign #3, in order to share proposals, inspire and to trigger future thinking and design discussion for the development of bioarchitectural systems. BioDesign #3 is available via the iTunes store for $0,99 or 0,79€, search key words: BioDesign #3 or Dollens. If you want to see more of Dollens' work, watch his TEDx talk on YouTube. ::Exodesic

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