Architecture Canada | RAIC – Built City @ MOV Lecture Series: Nature, Urban Space, and Biomimicry

This third and final installment of BuiltCity@MOV will explore the ways nature can inspire resilient, sustainable, and creative urban environments. Nature is one of the most innovative, imaginative and locally attuned sources of inspiration for architecture, engineering, and integrative resilience; find out how it applies to Vancouver, a city that strives to be a green innovator. The talk will focus on how Canadians live on the edge of the largest forests on earth, a precious part of our natural and cultural heritage that also represent one of the greatest carbon sinks on the planet – offering up a vital context within which we can better understand and examine the exciting future potential of wood as a building material. Special guest speaker Thomas Knittel from HOK New York will look at how integrated design is charting new territory through FIT©, a methodology incorporating biomimicry, ecological performance standards and the triple bottom line. Knittel’s case studies will demonstrate how social, economic and environmental concerns are mapped at urban and building scale examples, and how biomimicry has informed the design and decision-making process. Dr. Faisal Moola, Science Director at the David Suzuki Foundation, will offer his perspective on the science of biomimicry with a focus on how these innovations and new ways of conceptualizing our built environments, all in the Vancouver context. Leading an interactive Q+A will be Professor Ray Cole MAIBC from the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. It happens Thursday, January 19, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. To register, go to

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