Sections: From Cells to Palaces (Fall 2020 SC-101-HON)

SIMPSON COLLOQUIUM 101-HON From Cells to Palaces
This class will explore the convergence of the three fields of biology, design and architecture. The predominant focus of this course is on the concept of biomimetic design or biomimicry. Principles of biomimicry rely on forms and functions in nature to find solutions for complex human problems. Historically speaking, these problems range from mechanics of human flight to designing self-healing polymers. This course will emphasize the following components of biomimicry: a) Architecture that seeks solution for sustainable spaces using forms and mechanics within nature. b) Engineering design-systemic study of processes and structures of organisms and their living conditions to design products for human use. The ultimate goal of this course is to bring to the forefront: 1) The significance and urgency in finding solutions from biology for a sustainable lifestyle. 2) Human centered design. Design thinking is a process, mindset, and approach to solving complex problems. Also known as human-centered design, it is a philosophy that empowers an individual or team to design products, services, systems, and experiences that address the core needs of those who experience a problem. (CRITTHNK, WRITCOM, HONORS)

Section Name: SC-101-HON
Departments: Simpson Colloquium
Academic Level: Undergraduate
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Credits: 4
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