Design by Nature - A Montessori School
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This thesis examines the ability of designers to use nature as an inspiration in their design process, often referred to as biomimicry. The final design for this Montessori school of 180 students in Winnipeg, Manitoba will encompass natural systems interpreted through architecture for heating, cooling, and ventilating the building. It will explore materials and patterns inspired by those found in nature; specifically, the school will colonize a vacant grocery store. Biophilic design is the term used for the design of the built environment to foster a connection between people and nature. Biophilic design is the opposite of biophobic design, which is the design of a built environment that isolates people from nature. The design solution will serve as a vehicle for investigating the connection between humans and the natural environment.