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Karl blossfeldt photography. Biomimicry Education Network. Kunstformen der Natur. Plates from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur (Artforms of nature) (1904) Ordered by plate number. 2. Thalamphora 8. Discomedusae 37. 100. LAGI-2012. The list to the right is not in the same order (they are both random). Hoberman Sphere (Octahedron) Software for lightweight constructions based on nature | Design-4-Sustainability. By: Mirjam Visser, 2012-02-05 15:48:01 UTC Sustainability Aspects: Software to help you design lightweight structure, based on mother nature, with up 70% less material The Story Biomimicry & Lightweight Design With energy conservation being a current hot topic, a lot is talked about lightweight construction. Often, nature has already provided us with the solution. Huge material savings can be made by placing structures according to the anticipated mechanical impact, and this is often displayed by many plants, which defy extreme weather conditions.

That is one of many biomimcry examples from nature where structures are used to create strength despite low weight. Another product of the same software provider; Selective Space Structures (3S) Nature is the most diverse environment we can ever imagine and it creates this diversity with only a very limited number of materials. Mimicking biological structures is a complex task and requires both skills and tools. The possibilities are endless. Land Art Generator Initiative :: Renewable Energy Can Be Beautiful. Home | Design-4-Sustainability. Design Spiral - SVID. The biomimicry design spiral is a tool that uses nature as a model and measurement in the creation of systems, products and services. Different species and (eco) systems in nature have found solutions to energy provision, temperature control, resource minimization and many other challenges humans are facing today.

The Design Spiral is a method that seeks to make use of the knowledge found in nature. This is a brief description of the steps involved in the method: 1) Identify the function (Image: identifiera funktionen) If you ask the question "what do we want to design? " (e.g. a refrigerator), you will find that you often think of modern versions of products or systems that already exist. Another important question to ask before getting on with the design process is "Why do we want our design to...? " 2) Interpret the function (Image: Biologisera funktionen) “Biologize” the function by translating the design function into nature’s perspective: "How does nature perform this function? " Center for Biologically Inspired Design at Georgia Tech. SENSORS AND SENSING. Organisms sense physical stimuli (e.g, fluid motion, sound pressure, etc) with structures or processing schemes that often are quite different from that employed in human-built systems, particularly because humans are so visually oriented.

However, an organism's ability to gather information efficiently is often key to their survival, and organisms must perform these tasks under conditions of limited processing power or materials. Studying animal sensation therefore can yield novel sensors, or develop sensors that efficiently gather particular information for a certain task in a specific environment. The limits on neural processing machinery and sensory structures make animal strategies particularly useful for autonomous systems.

Project 1 Laminar trail tracer, based on asymmetric linear sensor of microcrustaceans Jeannette Yen | School of Biology | Georgia Tech open research questions | research issues Role of viscosity and small-scale oceanic fluid flow Project 2. Biomimicry 3.8.