Biomimicry in design: The University of Arizona's slot canyon building
UA's new Environment and Natural Resources 2 building – ENR2, on its urban Tucson campus – copies the slot canyon environment to create an inspiring, green space within a five-story structure. My article about this likely LEED Platinum building explores how borrowing from a natural, desert form (slot canyons) might be part of how inhabitants of the desert Southwest can cope with rising temperatures in the emerging, harsher climate.
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