Biomimicry: Nature's Blueprint

Looking to nature as a model, a measure and a mentor, explore the ways that nature is inspiring architects and designers to create more sustainably. A collaborative effort between the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium and ArchiED, this online unit leads students through how to research, plan and design a structure inspired by nature. Explore the following topics:

Topic One: So, you Wanna be an Architect?

Topic Two: Design Process

Topic Three: What is Biomimicry?

Topic Four: Form Follows Function

Students will:

  • Understand and analyse the role and responsibility of a career as an architect and other design and technologies careers
  • Explore and practice design thinking to create adapt and refine design ideas
  • Understand how plants and animals have adapted to their environments
  • Investigate different ways humans can use nature to inspire more sustainable and effective design
  • Follow a brief to design a structure that uses biomimicry to be more effective and communicate design ideas in a folio of work

Curriculum links:

  • Year 9 and 10 Design and Technologies
  • Stage 1 Design and Technologies (IES or DCS)

Digital learning resources can be found HERE