The David Azrieli School of Architecture
The David and Yolanda Katz Faculty of the Arts
Tel Aviv University

Bio-Inspiration Studio: Learning to Innovate from and by Nature


Architect Moti Bodek, The David Azrieli School of Architecture
Prof. David Elad, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Within the studio, students will develop unique planning processes that expand the array of Potential solutions to architectural and engineering missions using biometric databases and Analysis of biological systems in the laboratory of biomedical engineering of the respiratory System and the reproductive system, and based on the natural detection of structures, Processes, mechanisms, Planning based on evolutionary processes over billions of years of "Research and development" of nature itself. The research will be carried out in cooperation With the Department of Biomedical Engineering, so that they examine ways of thinking that deviate from the routine technological Development path, leaving established engineering patterns and finding creative solutions That will be efficient and sustainable, and can be developed and implemented in concrete Projects.

1 Yoed Goder & Keren Paldi & Gil Enoch
Roof Drop. Community center with a water harvesting roof inspired by desert animals

Desert animals have developed smart ways to drink water from air and morning dew to survive. Their back geometry enlarges surface area, prevent evaporation and transport the water.The building's roof will be the major part of the water harvesting process. It will be a light roof, with a geometry that enables rainwater collection and dew harvesting. Stainless steelpoly-yarn mesh nets in different lengths will be installed verticallyon the roof to increase the surface area.The nets will also shade the roof, and cool the building in the hot summer days.

2 Gabi Jacobs & Rotem Marom & Shira Fuchs
Interactive shell inspired by the cardinal world, made of independent,
interconnected units, when a change of one unit directly affects another.

Our project deals with the development of an interactive shell inspired by the cardinal world. The heart is the engine and motive of the fluid of life- the blood. More than any other organ, the heart is an example of synchronized work of its components. Uniquely, the heart cells are muscle cells that are connected to each other in a row and transfer the electrical activity from one to the other. The gradual contraction, increases and reduces blood flow.

The shell we are developing is made of independent, interconnected units, when a change of one unit directly affects another unit. The units change their shape from an open state surface, to a closed state of full contraction. The change is made according to the use of the structure and according to green climatic parameters, thus saving energy by shading, air flow and proper utilization of the area.

In addition, this shell fits our program - a neighborhood cinema. We want to create an external projection through the variable shell so that the structure will become interactive and be an anchor in the neighborhood and surrounding. During the open condition of the units, films will be projected on the shell and in their cramped condition, video-art will be displayed.

We believe that the development of this shell is an opportunity to take the architectural values of the heart and implement them in green construction.

3 Braa Keadan & Majdoleen Khatib
B.C.S - Bio Concrete Stage
Corals inspired project , built with a bio concrete .

We planned an ecological building inspired by one of the amazing sea creatures - “ The Corals “.

The corals are magnificent creatures , that built from a group of tiny builders , who make their own structure that comes in a magical different shapes and sizes . They generate their own energy and change their colour according to how much sun light they get .

In our building we mimic the corals wonderful structurethat we also built from a group of small layers , these layers made of concrete that can generate energy , clean the air surrounding the building and like any other creature it knows how to cool, and save the heat in the building.

Their are a specific spots in the building ,that we decided to take the concrete that made it one step further. So we conduct a research about how can we give the concrete a life cycle like any creature ,who lives for a period of time and dies?

we are trying to create a concrete thatserve us for a measurable period of time and after that it decomposes and disappear . leaving behind it an empty space that we can use it to raise the building once again in a slightly different structure.

The building, will serve all the people from all the ages, and will provide every one with the opportunity to prove them selves in the community . and provide them with a surrounding that will help them achieve their dreams. all that while making the people around them more happy and full of life .

4 Olga Vinnikov & Nataly Nehama Shklarnik
Urban Detox
Interactive ecological center which provides a revealing insight into the world of sustainability, inspired by Mycelium and Bryophytes.

Urban Detox is an interactive ecological center which provides a revealing insight into the world of sustainability and into an innovative research in this field.

Designing of Urban Detox project stands on the primary idea: to realize a building with his own life cycle. For the purpose of educate and involve the community we are showing different stages of its life cycle; from the growth of plants to the processing it, production and marketing of its own outcome.

The building's life cycle nourished by Mycelium center and urban agriculture. Manufacturing products from the Mycelium in a zero waste and have an intimate relation to the neighborhood are the two elements we are asking to integrate.

Forming the spaces and the constructive elements in this project is taking into consideration the fact that Mycelium was chosen as a major material for building. In addition, Bryophytes and their peristome mechanism inspired us to develop the ventilation system in the project.

5 Adi Krief & Julia Friling
design inspired by the skin casing of Octopuses

The "Community Creates" project seeks to create a community space that will bring together Art, Spirit, Crafts, sustainable environment and community. A space that is the heart of the community, and hosts creative classes, cultural events/shows and (art) exhibitions. The design is inspired by the skin casing of Octopuses, and aspire to bring the abilities that allow the octopus to perfectly fit itself into his living environment, into architecture. The octopus' skin is made of layers, and each of them has its own different purpose. The casing react according to the octopus' needs and its environment. The octopus' skin and muscles act as a flexible invertebrate structure. Just like the octopus, the project's building envelope is layered and changes according to the programmatic needs in the space. The project is located on the seam line between an urban main road and a neighborhood that is a green lung in the city. By applying a sustainable planning and using unique materials, we will allow great air flow in the project, through the building envelope, that will act as a filter, and release air that is 50% cleaner to the street. The outer envelope of the building is designed out ofproslove 370e, a material that absorbs pollutions out of the air. The building envelope is constructive and both defines and creates the spaces. This comes along with the high flexibility and perfect matching of the octopus to the conditions that the space demands.

6 Din Sterian
Manipulating light, air and geometry to influence interior spaces - design inspired by the polar bear's hair structure

The polar bear's hair consists with characteristics which helps it adjust to its special surrounding.

The image of the furry, big white wild animal in its cold, sunny icy environment is more interesting when focusing on the details of the bear's hair.

The bear's skin section includes 4 main layers: inner thick fat, darkly pigmented skin, short dense underfur and long guard hair. The long hair has a unique shape of a prolonged cone, being transparent and hollow. The hollow tunnel has inner bumps which scatter sunlight rays and provide isolation and camouflage while allowing skin pigment to absorb warmth.

This special hair structure comprises the inspiration to my project, which aims to use light, air and geometry in order to influence interior spaces.

The project which is located in Ramat Aviv neighborhood in Tel Aviv, suggests a new community center to the near residents. The building's geometry, materials and functionality will refer to the sun and wind directions and will work at the minimum mechanical energy needed for maximal comfort use.

7 William Srouji & Amal Hfeza
The use of autonomous elements for ventilation and light resources with zero energy consumption.
The Autonomous Library

Our project emphasizes the use of autonomous elements for ventilation and light resources, and, most importantly, the exploitation of natural resources for its benefit - through a shell that breathes, according to its need and that of the users, influenced by the sun and its heat. In addition, duplicating and emphasizing the green space around the project.

Utilizing natural light, in the open space, can be suitable and support a library structure program. The environment of the building, the use of light and air, would enable ideal conditions for the users of the library, thus the structure, and its envelope could adapt itself to utilizing these resources for the benefit of the user and the visitor.

For us the envelope is a major and important part of the design, we want to handle the envelope in order to exploit and enable an ideal and comfortable situation, inside and outside the building. In order to be interesting and clever , we searched for material that could be advance and crystallize the planning thoughts. After a thorough search we found a material called bimetallic strip - a strip made of two materials, copper and steel connected through welding - one receives the heat faster than the other that causes the bending. As a result, natural airflow will be allowed in the interior space, as well as light penetration into the interior.

The location of the openings will be based on our investigation of the effect of the direct sun on the façade of the building, the amount of direct sunlight and its dispersion on the façade area, the density of the openings, the size of the openings, and the location of the closed elements, Is also influenced by the order of the openings, and their dispersion on the surface of the facades.