COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Designing with Nature: Biomimicry in Architectural Design
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 328
Fall/Spring
2
2
3
4
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives In this course, the students will research biomimicry solutions to come up with their own design applications to achieve sustainable and ecological ideas found in nature. Biomimicry solutions will be applied to architectural design process, energy efficiency solutions, structural problem-solving and sustainable building design.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to drive abstractions from nature's solutions into design generation concepts.
  • will be able to evaluate the contributions of natural environments to design process and other alternatives
  • will be able to develop advanced skills on the use of creative design methods by examining the nature
  • will be able to use idea and solutions of biomimcry on the issues of design, energy, construction, sustainability.
  • will be able to use a wide selection of online resources
Course Description In the process of design, all ideas, if sustainability is the ultimate goal, need to come from nature. The direction to take from this point on, for all design students, should be able to look back to see all answers given to us by nature, herself, whether it be a quest for energy efficient buildings, or sustainable material use, efficient city planning, or using the Fibonnaci theorem to find the ideal measurements.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Syllabus overview: introduction, attendance and time keeping. Hand out and discussion. Introduction Assignment #1
2 Nature Awareness: Nature and how we understand the world, the importance of understanding nature's solutions to design problems. The subject of biomimicry is introduced and field applications in architectural design are discussed. Assignment #2 Nature observation Design idea
3 Awareness: 9 Strategies of Nature's Design Solutions Assignment #3 Nature observation Design idea
4 Energy Applications: Awareness: 1. Nature runs on Sunlight 2. Nature uses only the energy it needs Assignment #4 Nature observation Design idea
5 Sustainable Design Applications: Awareness: 3. Nature fits form to function 4. Nature recycles everything Assignment #5 Nature observation Design idea

6 Integrative Biomimicry Applications: Awareness: 5. Nature rewards cooperation 6. Nature banks on diversity Assignment #6 Nature observation Design idea for
 Midterm project
7 Structural Biomimicry Solutions: Awareness: 7. Nature demands local expertise 8. Nature curbs excesses from within 9. Nature taps the power of limits Assignment #7 Nature observation Design idea Midterm project

8 Midterm Project Review Assignment #8
9 Biomimicry Architectural Design Applications Final project idea research Assignment #9
10 Biomimicry Debate Olympics Team Research 
 Final project working session
11 Biomimicry Debate Olympics First Round 
 Final project working session
12 Biomimicry Debate Olympics Finals Final project working session
13 Final project research 
 Final project working session
14 Final project preparation
 Final project working session
15 Final project presentations Final project working session
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Notes/Textbooks Biomimicry in Architecture, Michael Pawlyn, RIBA Publishing, 2011
Suggested Readings/Materials Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Janine M. Benyus. HarperCollins Publishers, 2002 The Modular, Le Corbusier, Birkhauser, 2000 Architecture: Form, Space And Order, Francis D. K. Ching, Wiley Publ., 2014 Internet Resources: Asknature.org/explore

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
15
25
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
8
25
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
50
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
24
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
4
64
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
8
2
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exams
    Total
110

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

Ability to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in architecture.

X
2

Ability to understand, interpret and evaluate architectural concepts and theories.

X
3

Ability to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of architecture.

 

X
4

Critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and to direct self-education.

X
5

Ability to communicate architectural ideas and proposals for solutions to architectural problems in visual, written and oral form.

X
6

Ability to support architectural thoughts and proposals for solutions to architectural problems with qualitative and quantitative data and to communicate these with specialists and non-specialists.

X
7

Ability to use a foreign language to follow developments in architecture and to communicate with colleagues.

X
8

Ability to use digital information and communication technologies at a level that is adequate to the discipline of architecture.

X
9

Being equipped with social, scientific and ethical values in the accumulation, interpretation and/or application of architectural data.

X
10

Ability to collaborate with other disciplines that are directly or indirectly related to architecture with basic knowledge in these disciplines.

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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