Architectural blog featuring article where scientists are protagonists

In collaboration with CienciaPR.Org (Science Puerto Rico Organization), Biotectonica R&Design Studio seeks to foster the discipline of architecture as a scientific subject. The architecture studio at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico aims to broaden architect’s scope into new fields currently destined to scientists exclusively and defined by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Linda Bennett, editor of architecture blog Archi-Ninja.com described this new crossover as “stellar”.


Biotectonica joins CienciaPR Organization

In alliance with CienciaPR, Biotectonica seek to exposed and shelter outstanding architects, scientists and thinkers that promotes the crossover between science, technology, design and art as interdisciplinary innovation management. It aims to serve as bridge of information, methods and technology to foster a novel profile for emerging architectural scientists.


Architecture studio fosters the scientific domain of design in Puerto Rico

Local newspaper Primera Hora interviewed current Biotectonica's director Wilfredo Méndez and co-director Edlyn García. Because of the studio unusual approach towards architectural design and education, Claudia Hilario decided to introduce our work through the second most readed newspaper in Puerto Rico.


Jury on Tectonic Cognition at the School of Architecture, PC-UPR

…if a machine behaved in a way that resembled human intelligence,
That was human intelligence.

- Classical Artificial Intelligence

The semester first project examines the premise of “Cognitive Response”. The students worked on videos, photography, sketches, diagramming, blueprints and 3-dimensional models documenting responsive behavior of animals and humans. Sequences of behavioral patterns were explored and traced in order to analyze fixed action patterns of biological structures to certain environmental stimuli. Horizontal forces/lateral loads from earthquakes, impact and turbulence from tsunamis and dry air from drought were investigated as the stimuli to which organisms respond.


AntropoMORPHE on Reproducing Biological Processes

This project focuses on the theme of “body exo-structures” thru the investigation of morphologies related to natural systems in order to generate envelopes based on non-linear structural conditions such as growth by networking, cellular, fibers, stacking, braiding, weaving, knitting, lacing and extruding.

Can we make a building to grow? How would be the spatial perception of such kind of space? These insightful questions produce a variety of outputs from the thirteen undergraduate students working at Biotectonica. Each of the students selects a biological growth process which they studied. From such process, they defined parameters of architectural morphogenesis.


AntropoMORPHE on the Human Body Blueprints

This project examines the premise of “mapping the human body” in order to understand the context. Students worked on photographs, blueprints and 3-dimensional models of the different human body parts. The body was explored firstly by photos and diagrams showing mobility, flexibility and morphable capabilities. Then, it was examined as a volumetric morphology by means of 2D and 3D drawings and physical models.

Exhibition on Bio-Inspired Architecture at Santa Rosa Mall, Bayamon, PR

Finalizing the “Huracanes y Casa Segura Tour 2013” the exhibition “Bio-inspired Architecture Against Natural Disasters” was presented at Santa Rosa Shopping Mall in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Joining architect Astrid Diaz, AIA and meteorologist Ada Monzón from Univision Puerto Rico the exhibition served as compliment for the presentation on educating people about Climate Change, hazardous construction parameters, and architectural resilience.