Document and analyze the relationship between an insect and its environment in order to develop an understanding of how distinct and specialized parts make up a whole. Analyze how the insect’s overall form, physical components, and mechanics of movement relate directly to its environment, social hierarchy and purposes of survival.
Having researched the insect’s essence and purpose, use these findings to envision a new type of habitat for the insect that recombines formal, spatial and programmatic conclusions into a brand-new physical outcome.
WHAT I LEARNED
Programming was a very important part of this project. Designing for an insect allowed me to remove implicit bias of what the built environment can be. This is something that at the time seemed annoying but I now recognize allows for designs with more room for abstraction. Of course I learned a lot about my insect and its needs as well. This was critically important too because understanding the user is such an important part of architecture and design in general.