The Biodesign Institute at ASU

The Biodesign Institute at ASU

The Challenge: To Inspire the Bio-inspired
The Solution: Nature as a Guide

The scientists at the Biodesign Institute at ASU reimagine the “design rules” found in nature and create their bio-inspired solutions for global needs. Researchers here have discovered new answers to the world’s most challenging problems with nature-inspired solutions, like a diagnostic that more precisely detects breast cancer, a $1 “lab on a chip” that can be used to detect Zika in developing countries or a nanorobot that seeks and destroys a tumor’s blood supply. Their mission was central to the design inspiration for the outdoor spaces connecting the Institute to the ASU Tempe campus, in which all spaces and elements were designed to restore, reconnect, and immerse the scientists and students in natural elements. The newest addition to the Institute, “Building C, ” houses researchers from the Biodesign Institute, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, purposefully brought together to interact and collaborate. An extension of the existing Biodesign Institute, the building forms the northern edge of a research quadrangle centered on a James Turrell skyspace sculpture. Quartz planters, inspired by the crystalline structure of quartz minerals, were chosen not only for the connection to nature they share with the Institute’s mission, but also as a complement to the building’s modern architectural lines.