The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA had its annual lecture on June 26th 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago. This year’s Keynote Speaker was Design Scientist and Futurist Melissa Sterry. Her talk titled 'Learning from Life: The Biologically Informed City' discussed several facets of the relationship between nature and cities.
Abstract: How can biology potentially inform and inspire the cities of the now, near and far future? What insights into tackling urban challenges including resource shortages, pollution, waste, inequality and extreme weather might we gain from mimicking the physiology and behaviour of flora and fauna species? What are the very latest developments in Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biomorphic Design, and where might these take architecture and related disciplines? How might cities play a critical role in biodiversity conservation in the coming century and beyond? Sterry will present answers to these questions and more, as she discusses both her own research and development projects, and those of her peers in bio-informed design and technology worldwide.