Thursday, October 13, 2011

Artery Bridge

Texas A&M University. College of Architecture. Graduate Thesis.
Heather Davis.
Adviser: Gabriel Esquivel


Architecture frequently looks to the natural world for concepts, metaphors and analogies

for the generation of form. This relationship between architecture and nature generally

reaches only the superficial level, resulting in a normative architectural system “dressed

up” with a biomorphic skin. The new science of emergence demands that architecture take the biological paradigm to a much more complex level, simultaneously considering

the components of environment, behavior, form, structure and materiality to achieve complete integration. Specific biological precedents also exist within each of these components, providing the opportunity for multiple layers of biological influence.

Advances in analytical computation provide the means to achieve this complex

organization of multiple mutually-dependent parts. This project will produce a bridge

design based on the biological paradigm, exploiting the bridge’s natural connection with

the environment. The bridge will become an artery of the city; a metabolic life-source

that generates energy for itself and the system it belongs to. The bridge’s form,

structure and materiality will be dependent upon this metabolic behavior and

environmental relationship, moving toward complete biomimic integration.