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BCI: Visualizing Your Design

October 25

Bloom Island Park - Minneapolis


Local Conditions

Cloudy skies

Mid 40s, windy


To find inspiration for the biomimetic design strategy project through functions / strategy.

Be: Sensing surroundings with my eyes closed (10 min)

Contemplate: Observing systems (10 min)

Imagine: Applying a system in design (10 min)


It's getting much colder here, awaiting winter weather. I can feel the wind / cold breeze rushing back and forth creating movement. Not as many squirrel's in sight compared to previous session and daily walks in the area. People are walking, biking and running by. The leaves are still in the process of changing colors and becoming brittle as time goes on. The same types of trees are reacting the same to the environment - wind, sun and water. Seeing birds move together portraying community and unity.

As I'm thinking about the course project and allowing myself to focus on how my surroundings can potentially help - the word "connection" keeps coming to mind. How does nature connects? How are the trees are connecting with all its parts and with other trees? How do they make space for each other in the same area and watch each other grow and flourish? Are they helping one another and why? How can so many different species / types co-exist without failing?

Nature works around the challenges of human-made things (power lines, bridges, buildings, parks, etc.). In the same way, my goal of trying to come up with effective ways to help clients and designers work together - of course, there will always be obstacles. But how do we learn to work around them and make the process more flexible? Design is not linear, so why is the process?

As a move forward with how to apply bio-inspired strategies - I will need to do more research on: how does increasing touch points impact the work (quality, connection, building trust / empathy, understanding the needs and finding common ground). I think the idea of exceeding expectations could work, but I need to see the situation from different perspectives to ensure I'm solving for the right problem.

Thanks for reading!