Nature as a Technological Paradigm: The Case of “Moisture-Responsive Wrinkling Dynamic Footwear”
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Material ecology



Submitted : 2024-02-10
Accepted : 2024-02-25
Published : 2024-03-11


The forces of nature have shaped the form of matter, and similarly, human creations are also driven by natural forces. This makes biology a key source of inspiration for solving engineering problems. With the rapid advancement of digital and robotic technologies, rapid prototyping technology has made it possible to manufacture complex parts, creating a new body of knowledge and a novel approach to design known as generative design. This paper focuses on applying biology and related life science technologies to the paradigm of generative design and how this paradigm influences the concepts, strategies, and practices in the design field. The article also specifically examines the project “Moisture-Responsive Wrinkling Dynamic Footwear,” a pedagogical design research initiative, demonstrating how it integrates formative design methods based on composite materials, computational strategies, and emerging manufacturing technologies.


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