Bio-Inspired Design and Fabrication: Simon Schleicher, University of California Berkeley

Simon is searching for a promising alternative to the still persisting paradigm of rigid-body mechanics and has found inspiration in flexible plant movements. By using modern computational modeling and simulation techniques, he can reveal the plants’ compliant mechanisms and integrate them into bio-inspired flexible structures. In various case studies, he demonstrates the transfer process in more detail and shows how bio-inspired mechanisms can be used, for example, to shade double curved facades. Simon is currently an assistant professor at University of California Berkeley.