Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ants as Urban Designers

The below ground structures of ant colonies are much more extensize - and complex - than one might think.

The truth is as a child most of us beleived that there wasn't much more to an ant colony than the architecture of the mound itself - until we were intruced to our first 'ant farm'. The ant farm exposes the engineering nature of the ant...

...this video, however, exposes them as much more than engineers. Ants are urban designers in the truest sense. Enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

man, that's really creepy. aren't they also the largest biomass in the world?

11:59 AM  
Blogger Weintraub said...

That is one of the most beautiful, sculptural and fantastic things I have ever seen.

12:01 AM  
Blogger said...

outstanding, love the other postings to. x

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

arch daily is stealing your work again!

i suppose you could consider it as a backhanded compliment?

12:13 PM  
Blogger eric said...

Thanks vw,
I think I'll take it as a form of admiration for the quality and breadth of projects posted in eye candy.

12:34 PM  

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