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Architecture Follows Nature




Architecture Follows Nature:
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Published March 21, 2013 | ISBN-10: 1466506075

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Nature, Art & Habitat




Nature, Art & Habitat June Multidisciplinary Residency (more information)

Nature, Art & Habitat at Soggiorno Mazzoleni -- Taleggio Valley, Bergamo, Italy -- is a residency summer program that aims to unfold and display a sensitive type of culture that relates to nature as a source of inspiration and a measure of available resources. The resulting goal is to unveil intimate links with all living organisms, and to develop a more resilient and vital coexistence.

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77. AITC: Nature, The Posthuman, and The Microbiome with Ilaria Mazzoleni
Published: July 2020

Architecture Talk continues their ongoing miniseries Architecture in the Time of Coronavirus with architect, biomimicist and educator Ilaria Mazzoleni. In this chat they discover that the "eco-laboratory" is an apt metaphor to describe the body, architecture, and manifestations of "living" at various scales.





Natural History Museum FIRST FRIDAYS Connected | Live Stream (register here)
Published: May 2020

This season's First Fridays is connecting NHM and L.A. to you live, directly into your home.

Discussion - Future of Design and Architecture Friday, May 08th, 2020 (6pm) | Zoom Webinar
with Colin Mangham & Ilaria Mazzolini, Moderated by Patt Morrison

Spider webs, beehives, birds' nests, termite skyscrapers – all built by the world's original architects, engineers and designers, and all show the way for human sustainable design. Velcro was inspired by burrs on a dog's coat, a solar lighting system by heliocentric sunflowers. The look and function of our future lies in nature's vast workshop; we only have to be smart enough to figure it out.

LA Forum: Delirious LA




LA Forum: Delirious LA
Published: April 28, 2020

Interview with Ilaria Mazzoleni & Deborah Weintraub

This week, DLA connected with Ilaria Mazzoleni and Deborah Weintraub – architects living and working in Los Angeles – about their committed work for Nature, Art and Habitat, a non-profit organization based in northern Italy, with a substantial presence here in Los Angeles.





NAH_Remote: Open Call for Submissions
Published: April 2020

Submit NOW until May 29, 2020 |
Submissions will be curated and posted as they are received!

The NAHR 2020 summer residency entitled Animals: Interdependence Between Species has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this moment, NAHR invites you to share reflections on "coexistence," "resilience", and the evolution of environmental thinking in recent weeks, in the context of NAHR's underlying philosophy and the world-wide pandemic.





NAH_Reflections: COEXISTENCE in times of Covid-19
Published: April 2020

Forthcoming workshop May 31 & June 7, 2020 |

Multidisciplinary workshop exploring where and how species meet, and intersect, to co-create ecosystems in this post-human, post-anthropocentric era. Focusing on the relationships and intersections of science and design, architecture, landscape, philosophy, visual and performing arts.

Spring in Bergamo amidst COVID




Spring in Bergamo amidst COVID-19

Bergamo, the hardest city hit in Italy is welcoming Spring with beautiful blooms and biodiversity in the historical garden of artist Franco Normanni.

Letter from Athens




Published: August 22, 2018

Letter from Athens, where art transforms the crisis into energy
by Gabi Scardi, select images by Ilaria Mazzoleni

In Athens, contemporary art transforms crisis and institutional paralysis into energy and experimentation. Alternative forms of living, new approaches to urban spaces, and possible practices of solidarity abound.

Divina Sezione: The Italian Architecture for the Divine Comedy




Reggia di Caserta
Opening Thursday March 08, 2018 at 16:00

Exhibition "Divina Sezione: The Italian Architecture for the Divine Comedy" - Royal Palace of Caserta
Curated by Luca Molinari and Chiara Ingrosso

The exhibition "Divina Sezione. The Italian Architecture for the Divine Comedy ", hosted as the first stage, in March 2018, at the Royal Palace of Caserta, aims to give space to a contemporary vision of Dante's eschatology, hosting the drawings of over seventy architects of different generations. they created a personal, contemporary vision of the worlds told in the Divine Comedy.

Envisioning Alternate Futures: Nature in the Making of the Metropolis




The Iris: Behind the Scenes at the Getty (pdf)
Published: December 18, 2017

Envisioning Alternate Futures: Nature in the Making of the Metropolis
by Ilaria Mazzoleni

Creative thinking about the development of Latin American cities to inspire future urban planning.

Meet the Microbi(H)ome Family




Graphisoft A Nemetschek Company
Published: August 1, 2017

Meet the Microbi(H)ome Family
by Louis Postel

Trillions of microorganisms, weighing two to six pounds per adult, outnumber human cells ten to one ... Can a CAD plug-in that helps build this Prozac effect into office towers and shopping malls be far behind?

Featured Architect & Bio-Inspired Designer: Ilaria Mazzoleni




Manufactured Dissent Magazine
Published: June 9, 2017

Featured Architect & Bio-Inspired Designer: Ilaria Mazzoleni
Collaborating with biologists and other scientists from top research institutions, her projects explore the connections between biotic and abiotic elements within eco-systems in order to develop sustainable urban planning strategies and address solutions to global climate change.

Bio-inspired Design: Explicating the Value of Bio-Inspiration




Hong Kong | Design Management Academy Conference 2017 (pdf, pg 23)
June 7-9, 2017

Bio-inspired Design: Explicating the Value of Bio-Inspiration
Policymakers and stakeholders are asking corporations to innovate and synchronize their practices with that of the natural environment. In this hopefully thought-provoking position paper, we use a comprehensive review of literature and industrial practice in gradually building strong arguments that bio-inspired design is a possible pathway to achieve this.

Ilaria Mazzoleni, Massimo Garbuio & Boris Eisenbart

COTE: Biomimicry & Architecture




AIA Orange County to host COTE Seminar (view program)
April 13, 2017

Lecture by Ilaria Mazzoleni Thursday, April 13th, 2017 (6-8pm) | Irvine, CA

COTE: Biomimicry & Architecture
Applications of biological systems are revealed and examined, inspiring sustainable solutions for the design of buildings and communities beyond the aesthetic or functional.

Curator The Museum Journal: Neo-Prehistory The Exhibition as Poem




Curator: The Museum Journal | Volume 60, Issue 1 (pdf)
Published: March 03, 2017

Neo‐Prehistory: The Exhibition as Poem
Ilaria Mazzoleni and Anna Santi

As the curators define it, "neo-prehistory" is a concept that frames a kind of survey of primordial origins; it is an opportunity to explore enduring anthropological themes such as life, death, the sacred, destiny, and traditions in order to write a new chapter.

Facade Tectonics 2016




Facade Tectonics 2016 World Congress (view program)
October 10 - 11, 2016

Conference Presentation Monday, October 10th, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA

BIO-INSPIRED URBAN FUTURES : Design Adaptive Facade Networks to Reimagine the City Ecosystem
Presenters: Ilaria Mazzoleni, Richard Molina & Shauna Price

ANFA Conference




ANFA 2016 : Connections - Bridge Synapses (view poster)
September 22-24, 2016

The Making of a Place - the Courtyard : An Architectural Typology that Simultaneously Enables Safe Social Aggregation and Reconnection to Nature

Ilaria Mazzoleni in collaboration with Richard Molina, IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles





L.A. Forum for Architecture & Urban Design (pdf, pg 3-7)
Summer 2016

Sidewalks in the Infastructural City
Ilaria Mazzoleni with Dhonbi Kim, IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles

Throughout the rich history of urban infrastructure, sidewalks have existed as parallel edges framing the streets where people travel and where food and goods are brought in to nourish and sustain life in the city.





ICOM 24th General Conference | Museums and Cultural Landscapes (view program)
July 6 - 7, 2016

Conference Presentation Thursday, July 7, 2016 | Milano, Italy

Resiliency in the Italian Alps: Nature, Art & Habitat, a Multidisciplinary Residency in the Taleggio Valley
Presenters: Ilaria Mazzoleni & Anna Santi

Green City Milano




Milano Green: internation talk for the future of Milan

Friday, May 13, 2016 | 4:30pm

Hotel Principe di Savoia | Piazza della Repubblica, 17-20124 Milano

L.A. Beyond the Palm Trees. A Path to Resiliency by Ilaria

The presentation looks at the environmental issues that Los Angeles faces today. The city's current plans to make L.A. a greener city, and the goal to bring back the regional ecosystem.


Abitare Magazine 538 - Los Angeles Correspondent




KQED Science - Banana Slug: Secrets of the Slime Video and Article (view)

KQED Science has published a video and article highlighting the Banana Slug's slime and features a project from our book, Architecture Follows Nature: Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design.


Architects meet in Fuoribiennale




Article in Trim Tab #25

Article by Ilaria Mazzoleni and Tamsin Woolley-Barker
Building Adaptive Communities: Lessons from the Super-Organism (view)

Trim Tab #25 May 2015

Abitare Magazine 538 - Los Angeles Correspondent




Inglewood Urbanstage: Construction as Performance - "Territorial Repercussions"
Friday, April 17, 2015 | 7pm | Inglewood City Hall North Plaza

Ilaria to present and lead a workshop about the City as it responds to demands for food, movements of food, and how food changes the way the city operates.

Architects meet in Fuoribiennale




Living Future 2015 unConference (view program)
March 31-April 3, 2014

Conference Presentation Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Seattle, WA

How Would Nature Design Adaptive Human Communities? Lessons From The Super-Organism
Presenters: Ilaria Mazzoleni, Denise DeLuca & Tamsin Woolley-Barker

Architects meet in Fuoribiennale




Book Review in Abitare #541 - pdf

Review by Ilaria Mazzoleni
Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles by Jeremy Rosenberg - (link)

Abitare #541 January 2015

Abitare Magazine 538 - Los Angeles Correspondent




Abitare Magazine - 538 (download preview)

Ilaria Mazzoleni active Los Angeles correspondent for Abitare Magazine -   September/October 2014

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Architects meet in Fuoribiennale




Kent State University e-Lecture
February 12, 2015

Ilaria Mazzoleni to e-lecture at Kent State University, Kent, OH
Biomimicry and Building Facades Spring 2015 - invited by Dr. Pravin Bhiwapurkar

Architects meet in Fuoribiennale




Facades+ 2015 Symposium (view program)
February 5-6, 2014

Symposium Presentation Thursday, February 5, 2015 | 1050am-1120am - Register
The LA Downtown LA, Ballroom Level, 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Ilaria Mazzoleni to present at Facades+ Symposium 2015. The presentation will describe projects that draw inspiration from the diversity of animal coverings, referred to broadly as skin, and apply these examples to the design of building envelopes, which act as interfaces between their inhabitants and external elements.

Abitare Magazine - Los Angeles Correspondent




Abitare: Los Angeles Correspondent

Ilaria Mazzoleni appointed as the Los Angeles correspondent for the new Abitare Magazine - Autumn 2014





International Council on Systems Engineering
INSIGHT Journal - Volume 17, Issue 4, December 2014 (p64-65) (download article)

Book Review:
Architecture Follows Nature - Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design

Architects meet in Fuoribiennale




Vico Magistretti: A Traveling Archive
(on view through July 31, 2014)

Opening Reception Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 630pm-9pm - RSVP to by 6/9
Italian Cultural Institute, 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Exhibition introduction by curator Rosanna Pavoni (Scientific Director, Vico Magistretti Foundation), followed by Q&A moderated by exhibition designer and on-site curator Ilaria Mazzoleni (IM Studio MI/LA, SCI-Arc)

International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam




International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

Ilaria Mazzoleni to join the Los Angeles Biennial at IABR June 12-14, 2014
Rotterdam, NL

Architects meet in Fuoribiennale




Architects meet in Fuoribiennale_OFF - download invite

Lecture - Pelpinda Podium
Event Friday, June 06, 2014 | 2pm-9pm
Palazzo Widmann
Calle Widmann
20121 Cannaregio, Venice

Architecture Follows Nature




Architecture Follows Nature:
Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design
- download pdf

Webinar Friday, May 16, 2014 | 12-1pm  
INCOSE Natural Systems Working Group

Architecture Follows Nature




USGBC-LA Lecture Series - Architecture Follows Nature - download pdf

Lecture Thursday, May 08, 2014
Leo A Daly
550 South Hope St, 27th Flr
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Architecture Follows Nature




Architecture Follows Nature:
A Conversation on Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design

Lecture Monday, March 17, 2014 | 630pm    RSVP (
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024




"Architecture Follows Nature" - Book Review
Interni - Issue 1/2, January/February 2014 (p99)
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In Bookstores/Interniews:
Book: Architecture Follows Nature - Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design





Environmental Visions Conference 2014




International Symposium "Environmental Visions" (view program)

School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore | Friday-Sunday, January 24-26, 2014 | 8am-5pm

School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) and The Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are pleased to Ilaria Mazzoleni to participate at the International Symposium “Environmental Visions”.

Triennale di Milano 2013




Milano 2033 - Semi di Futuro: 150 Anni Politecnico di Milano (view invite)

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 7pm

Join Ilaria Mazzoleni in conversation with
Silvia Piardi (Director of the Department of Design - Politecnico di Milano)
Introductions by Paola Trapani (Curator - "Milano 2033 - Semi di futuro - 150 anni Politecnico di Milano")

Triennale di Milano 2013




IMStudio mi/la participates at the Triennale di Milano 2013

Milano 2033 - Semi di Futuro: 150 Anni Politecnico di Milano | October 9 - December 22, 2013




"Architecture Follows Nature" - Reviewed by Silvio Carta
A10 new European architecture - Issue 52, July/August 2013 (p10)
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News and observations:
Book: Architecture Follows Nature - Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design





"Architecture Follows Nature" - Reviewed by Claire Stephans Saeki


Published Monday 22 July 2013






"Architecture Follows Nature"

Numero 40.13


Architecture Follows Nature




Architecture Follows Nature:
Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design

Special Event
Book Launch + Reception

Monday, October 21, 2013 | 7pm in the SCI-Arc Libray
960 East 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Architecture Follows Nature




Architecture Follows Nature:
Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design

Lecture Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 7pm
Society of Iranian Architects & Planners
Yahoo Center Community Room
2500 Broadway St., Santa Monica, CA 90404

Celestini Bergamo - Casa dell'Artista




Celestini Bergamo

Fabrication and installation of the steel pergola is complete.


Zygote Q07 - Architecture Follows Nature Review




Book: Architecture Follows Nature - Bimomimetic Principles for Innovative Design
Reviewed by Colleen Mahoney
Zygote Quarterly - Issue 07, Fall 2013 (p104-109)

"After looking at the genius of skin we are introduced to conceptual design solutions which Professor Mazzoleni's students have explored. Some of the design solutions in this book have merit and architects may see possibilities for design and patterns for building skins ..."

Architecture Follows Nature




Architecture Follows Nature:
Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design

Published March 21, 2013 | ISBN-10: 1466506075

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The Architectural Review




The Architectural Review
Rachel Armstrong on Biomimicry as Parametric Snake Oil

"Could the shimmering skins of exotic creatures really hold the key to sustainable architectural solutions?"

July 11, 2013

Italian Close-Up Immersive Transmedia Workshop




Italian Close- Up
Immersive Transmedia Workshop (Lake Como, Italy)

Transmedia, a multifaceted experimental approach to read and communicate the beauty of a territory.
June 17- July 22, 2013

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MIARD Graduation Show 2013




Piet Zwart Institute Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University
MIARD Graduation Show 2013, Assessment Panel

Ilaria Mazzoleni collaborates with MIARD as an Advisory Board Member

June 17-21, 2013
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Architecture Follows Nature - Domus




Design and Biology

Architect Alessandro Mendini reviews Architecture Follows Nature, discussing the potential links between design and biology. Rethinking the high-tech-green focus within the scientific terrain leading toward a preferred field of investigation for new forms and solutions.

Order at Domus #969, May 2013

Architecture & Design Inspired by Nature




Architecture & Design Inspired by Nature: (What is) THE NATURE OF L.A. - Conversation #4

Please join us for an afternoon of discoveries at the Natural History Museum of L.A.
Our esteemed colleague Shauna Price will be discussing the applications of bio-inspired design.

Saturday, March 16, 2013 (4-7pm) - download pdf
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Ensia - Urban Infrastructure




Urban Insfrastructure: What Would Nature Do? by Nate Berg

More and more, biomimicry is being thought of as a way to reconsider the ways we build and operate cities. Today, these lessons are being actively applied in the realm of urban infrastructure and design in an effort to make places that are more sustainable, more livable, more intuitively designed and, at their core, more natural.
Illustration Credit:
Samuel Castano




Building with Nature:
A Symposium to Explore the Frontiers of Green Building, Biomimicry & Architecture

Thursday, October 18, 2012 (9am - 5pm) - download pdf

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106




An Interview with Ilaria Mazzoleni
Zygote Quarterly - Issue 03, Fall 2012 (p110-119)
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ZQ: Our mission is to establish a credible platform showcasing the nexus of science and design in the field of biologically inspired design, using case studies, news and articles that are exemplary in their impact on the field, rigorous in their methodology, and relevant to today's reader.




Oggiscienza Podcast: "Imitation of Life"

Ilaria Mazzoleni speaks to Oggiscienza about design strategies inspired by Biomimicry May 17, 2012




Lecture - "Biomimicry: Architecture & Design"

Presented by AIA Akron on Thursday April 5, 2012
Folk Hall Auditorium
150 E. Exchange St.
Akron, OH




Think Tank - Spain

A collaborative Think Tank in Spain hosts a week long series of workshops and charettes in March 2012
to construct provocative ideas revolving around issues on contemporary urban and city planning.




"Create. Work. Inspire" - wth the Dell XPS 14z

David Lim, Habib Azar and Ilaria Mazzoleni share their thoughts on how thin and powerful technology plays a critical role in their lives. Designed to help creative business professionals do more in their personal and professional lives, the XPS 14z is the world's thinnest fully featured laptop.

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"ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition"

Nov. 11-17, 2011

The annual ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition is a premier global conference that focuses on today's technical challenges, research updates and breakthrough innovations that are shaping the future of engineering.

Please join us during the following session:
7-3-2 Biomimetics in Architecture (Technical Session) on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 1pm-230pm
NanoEngineering Council
(Session Sponsor)
Ilaria Mazzoleni (Session Organizer)

For a full schedule of events visit ASME Conferences.





"Create. Work. Inspire" - A creative destination brought to you by Dell

19 Kenmare @ Elizabeth, Nolita | NYC, NY | Nov. 2-4, 2011 10am-6pm RSVP

A 3-day event in downtown Manhattan, featuring works of film, fashion & architecture.
Please join the conversation on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 as Ilaria Mazzoleni will present the biomimetic works of im studio mi/la
. For a full schedule of events visit





"2011 Biomimicry Education Summit"

The Biomimicry Institute | Cleveland, OH | June 27-29, 2011

The Summit included panels of experienced biomimicry educators from university, K-12 and nonformal settings. Many of the Summit's presenters participated in a webinar on biomimicry in higher education earlier this year. To order a PDF of those proceedings, available for $10, please click here.





"Spazi Composti di Franco Normanni" presents:

NATURA(L)MENTE | For an Ecological & Responsible Architecture | May 20, 2011 @ 20.30

The event is organized by the Council of the Women under the title "Rosa femminile plurale 2010/2011”. The project intends to introduce intelligent women engaged in the scentific world, communications, culture, sports, & the economy. Among the events will be a discussion moderated by Maria Teresa Birolini in conversation with Ilaria Mazzoleni about her work.

Installation design by im studio mi/la.





"Spazi Composti di Franco Normanni"

Spazi Composti is an exhibition curated in Bergamo, Italy showcasing select artwork by the extraordinary artist Franco Normanni (Bergamo 1927-2005).
April 2 - May 29, 2011

Installation design by im studio mi/la.





"Biomimicry: Innovation in Architecture Inspired by Nature"

A research program carried out at SCI-Arc by faculty member Ilaria Mazzoleni, involving a zoological approach to architecture and the design of experimental building surfaces, is featured in the February issue of Italian-magazine Domus.








"L'ecomuseo Val Taleggio"

Numero 22.10





Solar Farm

Cascina Bianca
550 sqm Solar Array

San Zenone al Lambro, Milano







"Warm It Up" Triennale

"Quali Cose Siamo"
March 27, 2010

La Triennale di Milano Design Museum




Social Biomimicry: Insect Societies and Human Design

Invited Speaker: Ilaria Mazzoleni
"Inspired Co-Existence"
February 18-20, 2010

Memorial Union (School of Life Sciences)
Arizona State University
, Tempe Campus Social Biomimicry




Cautionary Tales: Feral Structures

Curated by Berenika Boberska
September 12- October 24, 2009

Arena 1 Gallery
3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405




Habeas Lounge: Art Walk

"a pluralistic downtown los angeles investigation"

November 12, 2009, 5-9 pm
7+Fig Art Space
Ernst & Young Plaza, Los Angeles CA 90017 Press Release


Green Architecture for the Future

Exhibition opening at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, DK
May 29 - September 4, 2009

The exhibition Green Architecture for the Future is part of the Louisiana’s exhibition series Frontiers of Architecture I-IV, which is being shown in the years up to 2011; a series of exhibitions that shed light on new and alternative architectural movements in the force-field between science and architecture. More Information





Building Paradise: Inhabiting the Dream, HH2100

Ilaria Mazzoleni and Marc Frohn
Curated by Kyungmi Shin

April 10- June 19, 2009, Weekdays 12-4pm
7+Fig Art Space
735 S Figueroa St. Los Angeles CA 90017 Press Release


Hidden Jewel: White Pearl in Downtown Los Angeles

Essay by Ilaria Mazzoleni
Project by Michael Maltzan Architecture

Abitare #490 April 2009


11th International Architecture Venice Biennale
Out there: Architecture Beyond Building

Sustainable Dystopias: a project promoted by Abitare

Urban Wilderness
Urban Agriculture
Urban Sustainability