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Bone Structure Inspires Stronger Buildings

Bone Structure Inspires Stronger Buildings

MIT designer seeks to establish new construction technologies based on anatomy, biology, and the natural world.

Plus Aziz

Known for design work that brings together the natural world and digital technology, MIT Media Lab’s Neri Oxman turned to nature for architectural inspiration. Focusing on bones, Oxman is using their structural design to inform a new type of building process with 3D printing where density varies based on load to create stronger, more efficient structures.

The key here is that bones are a particularly strong and resilient part of our anatomy, able to withstand a substantial amount of weight. By gleaning design principles from nature and biology, Oxman’s team of graduate students are developing new ideas for digital fabrication and 3D innovation.

To learn more about her various projects at MIT’s Mediated Matter, click here.

To learn more about her published work, courses, and projects, click here.


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