Architecture, Technology & Nature

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Urban Architecture Inspired by Nature
Using Architecture to Build Relationships Through Ecology
Communication & Collaboration through Architecture
The Art of Architecture
Nine Incredible Buildings
How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation
21 Careers to Pursue with an Architectural Degree

Overview

Urban architects like Ma Yansong are blurring the boundary between architecture and nature. Ole Scheeren designs residential complexes that actually increase green space – with more green space than if the building complex had never been built. Architect Jeanne Gang believes that architecture is about building relationships. If architecture reflects the societies and cultural values it originates from, what does the architecture of these urban landscapers tell us about our society today? Explore the increasingly influential discipline of biomimicry and how technology is making the impossible possible.

 

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Urban Architecture Inspired by Nature

Taking inspiration from nature, architect Ma Yansong designs breathtaking buildings that break free from the boxey symmetry of so many modern cities. His exuberant and graceful work — from a pair of curvy skyscrapers that “dance” with each other to an opera house that looks like a snow-capped mountain — shows us the beauty of architecture that defies norms.

 

Using Architecture to Build Relationships Through Ecology

A skyscraper that channels the breeze … a building that creates community around a hearth … Jeanne Gang uses architecture to build relationships. In this engaging tour of her work, Gang invites us into buildings large and small, from a surprising local community center to a landmark Chicago skyscraper. “Through architecture, we can do much more than create buildings,” she says. “We can help steady this planet we all share.”

 

Communication & Collaboration through Architecture

For architect Ole Scheeren, the people who live and work inside a building are as much a part of that building as concrete, steel and glass. He asks: Can architecture be about collaboration and storytelling instead of the isolation and hierarchy of a typical skyscraper? Visit five of Scheeren’s buildings — from a twisted tower in China to a floating cinema in the ocean in Thailand — and learn the stories behind them.

 

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The Art of Architecture

From pyramids to cathedrals to skyscrapers, architecture reflects the societies and cultural values it originates from. As the built environment expands, the role of architects and architecture in realizing goals of sustainability, along with human aspiration, only increases in importance. Visit the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design museum for more on the role of architecture in our lives.

 

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Nine Incredible Buildings

Advances in digital technology and most recently 3D printing have meant architecture can now boast shapes and structures inspired by the natural world that would have once been impossible. Cutting edge “biomimetic” (drawing on nature in design) architecture is even incorporating living matter into its structures.

 

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How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation

The idea behind the increasingly influential discipline of biomimicry is that we human beings, who have been trying to make things for only the blink of an evolutionary eye, have a lot to learn from the long processes of natural selection, whether it’s how to make a wing more aerodynamic or a city more resilient or an electronic display more vibrant.

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21 Careers to Pursue with an Architectural Degree

Explore this list of 21 careers you can pursue with a degree in architecture, including: urban planner, landscape architect, industrial designer, conservationist, architectural photography and more!

 

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Ontology Tags Animals, Plants & Nature: Insights & Conservation – Nature in Our Midst | Arts & Entertainment: Mirror of Society – (1) Role of Art on Society (2) Philosophical Reflections | Economy & Markets: Architectural Advancements – (1) Green Construction (2) Infrastructure (3) Worlds of Glass & Steel

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