… proving how technology can live in harmony with nature. Neri OXMAN By JOHN ORTVED | Photography TOM ALLEN Courtesy Imagine a chair that moves when you move, that adjusts to every muscle in your body, that responds like a living organism . . . a chair kind of like a really excellent lover. Neri Oxman imagined such a chair. Biomimicry NYC » Crafting the Ultimate Post-Industrial Design Brief Using Biomimicry By Adiel Gavish “What the industrial age has done is take life away from the planet and turn it into goods and services,” Paul Hawken stated at the 2014 VERGE Conference in San Francisco this past December. The annual event put on by Joel Makower, a former Biomimicry 3.8 Board Member and GreenBiz.com brings corporations and entrepreneurs together around the convergence of energy, buildings and transportation technologies which will “…enable radical efficiencies and huge opportunities.” Mr. Makower interviewed both Janine Benyus and Paul Hawken around the idea of “running the industrial age backwards” and how nature can teach us how to undo the damage caused by unraveling the fabric of Earth’s balanced resources. According to Paul Hawken the Industrial Age essentially takes “…concentrated materials, primarily from the lithosphere — and from the biosphere — and disperses them everywhere on the planet: in the oceans, in our atmosphere, in our air, lungs and everywhere else.”
Bird Bone Structure At Heart Of ESA’s 3D Lunar Camp | AJ Plunkett Ah, the mystery of birds. First, they inspire man to fly. Now the ingenuity of their interior may provide us with a foundation for returning to the moon. A hollow, closed-cell structure not unlike that found in the bones of birds has proven to be just the combination of strength and weight necessary to build a habitat out of lunar soil. The proposed moon habitat would be built, layer upon layer, using 3D printing technology under a plan currently being explored by the European Space Agency (ESA).
Allison Alberts on biomimicry - sustainable solutions inspired by nature Biomimicry is design inspired by nature. With 7 billion humans on Earth today – and demand for natural resources growing, while supplies remain fixed – people are looking for innovative ideas to help companies, consumers, and the environment. Scientists are realizing that many ideas for a more sustainable world can come from nature itself. The San Diego Zoo is an international center for biomimicry research. EarthSky spoke to Allison Alberts, Chief Conservation and Research Officer for the San Diego Zoo, which has set up a special biomimicry website for the public.
Sean Hanna and Timothy Schreiber PAN_07 Optimised Cellular Chair « Biomimetic ArchitectureBiomimetic Architecture Sean Hanna is a very interesting architect/engineer that takes inspiration from nature for a variety of projects. The PAN_07 chair which was designed and manufactured in collaboration with Timothy Schreiber takes inspiration from advanced cellular lattices that occur in nature to minimize weight but maximize resistance to force. We’ve seen these methods adopted by various other projects here including Andre Harris‘s Bone inspired design, as well as Revano Satria‘s and Matsys Architecture‘s cellular research. More images and ideas… 9th Annual Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Workshop – Biomimicry Institute For the past nine years, biomimicry enthusiasts have flocked to Veracruz, Mexico, each summer to learn about biomimicry in a beautiful setting. Isn’t it time you joined in on the fun? Registration for the 9th annual Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Workshop is now open. From July 8-18, join Biomimicry Institute staff and our affiliate partners at Universidad Iberoamericana and immerse yourself in the beauty of Veracruz State while learning about biomimicry with peers from all over the world. This introductory workshop is suitable for university students, educators, and other professionals.
Structuring Biomimicry, Improving Building’s Resiliency The same way Einstein assumes the speed of light to be a constant of reference for his Theory of Relativity, the philosophy of biomimicry assumes Nature as a constant of reference to a performance-based beauty for design. Imitating nature has become a meaningful approach for contemporary architects and design futurists to the built environment, especially for those who foster a future that doesn’t compete with nature but coexist with it. At the light of recent natural disasters around the world, especially those geologically associated such as tsunamis and earthquakes, which have proven its destruction power over the current built environment; architects and structural engineers have found in biomimicry an ecological approach in order to improve future building’s disaster resilience.
Angela Belcher Angela Belcher is the W. M. Keck Professor of Energy, Materials Science & Engineering, and Biological Engineering at MIT. A materials chemist, her primary research focus is evolving new materials for energy, electronics and the environment.
Super Bones Leg bone-Eiffel Tower An international exhibition took place in Paris in 1889, the early counterpart of today’s World’s Fairs. During the planning stage there was competition between architects for new structures to commemorate the grand event. One French engineer, Gustave (Gustavo) Eiffel (1832-1923), went to an unusual source for new design ideas. He reviewed the work of anatomist Herman von Meyer.1 In the 1850s, Meyer had studied the human femur, or thighbone, which connects to the hip. This bone, the largest in our body, has a very unusual off-center ball joint which fits into the hip socket. 6 Ways to Enlighten Yourself using Biomimicry Humans have looked at nature for answers to problems since time immemorial. Our most important technologies are directly related to ways in which we have used nature as a model for our blueprints. Biomimicry is a powerful way to cultivate the wisdom inherent in nature’s design. It sets a two-way mirror up against Mother Nature where we are more able to see ourselves and our interconnection with all things. Here are six ways we can use biomimicry to become more enlightened beings. 1.)
Biomimetics One cloudless midsummer day in February, Andrew Parker, an evolutionary biologist, knelt in the baking red sand of the Australian outback just south of Alice Springs and eased the right hind leg of a thorny devil into a dish of water. The maneuver was not as risky as it sounds: Though covered with sharp spines, the lizard stood only about an inch high at the shoulder, and it looked up at Parker apprehensively, like a baby dinosaur that had lost its mother. It seemed too cute for its harsh surroundings, home to an alarmingly high percentage of the world's most venomous snakes, including the inland taipan, which can kill a hundred people with an ounce of its venom, and the desert death adder, whose name pretty well says it all. Fierce too is the landscape itself, where the wind hissing through the mulga trees feels like a blow dryer on max, and the sun seems three times its size in temperate climes. “Ah-ha!” Parker exclaimed, like Sherlock Holmes alighting upon a clue.