TAG: Biomimicry

The Advantages Of Bioclimatic Architecture

The Advantages Of Bioclimatic Architecture

Bioclimatic architecture focuses on the individual’s relation to environmental conditions and the climate when considering a build. Thinking about how design and architectural elements can enhance a living space and property while allowing a home to be more connected to nature is the goal. Bioclimatic homes apply traditional building methods that have been employed for centuries because they are common sense and they work, instead of relying only on mechanical systems. Studying the geographic region, landscape and building site allow better decisions in making it more efficient. A bioclimatic home may also look at design in terms of biomimicry, or looking at… read more

Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Children love to learn more about the world around them. Feed their curious minds with age appropriate, free activities and lesson plans that revolve around biomimicry so they can further relate their outer surroundings to areas in their own lives. Teach Engineering has a hands-on activity for kids with a suggested age of around 3 through 5, though it can be altered to suit other ages. Provided from the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the focus is on natural design and how engineers apply it to making products. Learners are asked to think about solutions… read more

Not Quite The Empty Nester

Biomimicry-inspired Human Nests

You might not be too familiar with the concept of Biomimicry (or Biomimetics) yet, but it’s all about getting inspiration on how nature builds models, processes and elements in order to solve human problems. The term comes from the Greek words “bios”, meaning life, and “mimesis” which mean to imitate. This idea has been around for a long time and one of the early examples of Biomimicry, although never successful but highly inspiring, was Leonardo da Vinci’s “flying machines”, that were created by observing the anatomy and flight of birds. Taking this Biomimicry concept to an extreme, South Africa-based artist… read more

If You Like Butterflies…

If You Like Butterflies…

Then you will appreciate knowing they are being accessed for some scientific inspiration. The nature born wing technology of the butterfly has actually been studied – and replicated – for use in human designs with elements of biomimicry. In 2009, a group of researchers found that scales on the wings actually act as onboard solar collectors, productively collecting light. Imitating the scales as a model they successfully advanced the way solar cells that are sensitive to dye were able to gather and store light. The wings of the Swallowtail butterfly were examined due to interest in how their fairly flat… read more

If Only Packaging Could Imitate Fruit..

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Better than any other food, including vegetables, fruit is by nature the embodiment of sound packaging. Imagine the last time you went to a farmer’s market or grocery store – perhaps your own backyard even – and saw fresh apples at their peak. Aesthetically, they command your attention. With bright, shiny coats and a pleasingly simple silhouette. You may, too, be lured in by their light fragrance, a by-product of their elevated sugar levels – letting you know that they are ready to be eaten. The fruit’s peel, and natural wrapper, provides protection but is easy to remove. As a… read more

WikiPearl’s Edible Packaging Eliminates Waste

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As efforts continue to create sustainable, edible packaging, we are now presented with WikiPearl, one of the more recent packaging endeavors  to use bio-mimicry, which can be defined as drawing from the designs of nature to solve the problems of humans. Having already launched Aeroshot, a company that offers inhale-able coffee and chocolate,  David Edwards, a bio-engineer at Harvard University, has partnered up with renowned designer François Azambourg and biologist Don Ingber to further develop WikiPearl, an idea he conceived whilst in a classroom at Harvard. Inspired by the way biological cells, like those of grapes, transport water, WikiPearl offers… read more

Biomimetics Inspire Design

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Biomimetics (n.) [bahy-oh-mi-met-iks] – The study and development of synthetic systems that mimic the formation, function, or structure of biologically produced substances and materials and biological mechanisms and processes. That word is probably not in your vocabulary, but it will be soon. Biomimetics is more than just a study/development of synthetics. It is literally catalyzing and designing the future in more ways than one. According to Tim McGee, Senior Biologist at the Biomimicry Group, this study represents a way to shape tomorrow. “Biomimetic materials have the potential to rewrite our story of stuff. For most of the materials we use… read more

The Bioneers

The Bioneers

Hatched in 1990, the idea of the Bioneers, a word that was introduced by Kenny Ausubel, began to spring into action. Bioneers as defined, seek to uphold biological and cultural diversity, and take a more natural approach to the scientific and medicinal fields. Also biomimicry, or going back to nature as the model for problem solving, is the school of thought. Bioneers include a group of earth aware, educated individuals demanding change and examining new and justifiable ways of arriving at solutions. Initially, Bioneer efforts were interested in native cultural and bio-diversification, sustainable farming and conservation. Bioremediation, or naturally dealing with… read more

The Green Economy

A green economy

The Green Economy is inspired by a different mind-set and value system to the modern industrial economy (otherwise known as modern wealth or capitalism). In their book, Natural Capitalism: Creating the next industrial revolution, Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L.Hunter Lovins (2000, p.9) identify some of the fundamental assumptions of a Green economy: The environment is not a minor factor of production. Think instead of the natural world as a package that contains, provisions and sustains the entire economy. Future economic development is limited by the availability and functionality of natural capital. In particular, the limiting factor is the health… read more

Smart Choice Wind Panels

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Wind energy has come a long way since the introduction of windmills and towering turbines. While these remain a dominant source of wind energy, there have been innovations in wind energy design that are more environmentally and the economically practical. One of the most interesting is the Vibro-wind Panel, which is currently being developed by a team of professors and undergraduates at Cornell University. Vibro-wind is a form of micro-generation that harnesses motion and utilizes the resulting vibrations of its foam oscillators. Just as leaves flutter when the wind passes through them, the oscillators dance and twirl as breezes swoops around… read more