Architects should look at their own femurs for inspiration. Designing buildings based on the characteristics of biological materials like bones could make them more sustainable and resilient. Bones have a flexible strength, due to their malleable collagen composition, that allows them to withstand rigorous physical activity. The same characteristics should be applied when thinking of materials to use in a building that should be able to tolerate extreme weather.
In addition to the durability of the material composition, bones also have a structural hierarchy of interconnected fibers that adds strength and flexibility. The engineering of one’s anatomy should inspire design for resiliency.
“With the interest in biomimicry, it’s time to recognize that defects and disorder will be useful in construction,” Ahmed Elbanna, a civil engineer at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, said in the Wired article.
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