Master of Architecture (MArch)
First Committee Member
Lee-Anne Milburn, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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Current methods and processes that support the planning, design and construction of a sustainable built environment include ambiguous principles (Roseland 2000), lack feedback loops (Van Bueren and Jong 2007) and lack a common language between disciplines (Brandon et al 1997). As a result of 3.8 billion years of "research and development" (evolution), nature provides a set of design blueprints that may be used to guide us to create elegant, sustainable, and innovative designs for human technologies (Benyus 1997). The field of biomimicry analyzes nature's best ideas and adapts them for human use (Benyus 1997). The built environment could benefit from the integration of a discipline such as biomimicry into the design process.
One example within the built environment where the field of biomimicry might offer sustainable practices is that of human hydro-infrastructure, since many systems are approaching the end of their useful life (Mays 2002, AWWA 2001). Hydro-infrastructure includes the management of water systems in order to support human civilization. This thesis integrates the field of biomimicry into a design process model that supports the built environment. The design process model proposed in this paper allows a further distillation of components (functions) in order to seek organism strategies that accomplish the same function. These strategies are then translated into conceptual design options applicable to various scales within human hydro-infrastructure. Integrating biomimicry's "Life's Principles" into a built environment process model, will make biomimicry more accessible and thus more widely accepted throughout the industry, and the sustainability of all species will benefit.
Biomimicry; Las Vegas Valley (Nev.); Sustainability; Water-supply engineering
Architecture | Environmental Design | Environmental Sciences | Infrastructure | Sustainability | Urban, Community and Regional Planning | Water Resource Management
Albertson, Timothy Lee, "The Integration of biomimicry into a built environment design process model: An alternative approach towards hydro-infrastructure" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 319.