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Structuring Biomimicry, Improving Building’s Resiliency

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. Present built structures are unresponsive to the Earth dynamics and aren’t completely adapted to the ecosystem flows of forces. Written by Wilfredo Mendez, M.Arch, AIT for References:

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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… Sean explained the project as follows: Anti-globalization movement The anti-globalization movement, or counter-globalisation movement,[1] is critical of the globalization of corporate capitalism. The movement is also commonly referred to as the global justice movement,[2] alter-globalization movement, anti-globalist movement, anti-corporate globalization movement,[3] or movement against neoliberal globalization. Participants base their criticisms on a number of related ideas.[4] What is shared is that participants oppose what they see as large, multi-national corporations having unregulated political power, exercised through trade agreements and deregulated financial markets. Specifically, corporations are accused of seeking to maximize profit at the expense of work safety conditions and standards, labor hiring and compensation standards, environmental conservation principles, and the integrity of national legislative authority, independence and sovereignty. Ideology and causes[edit] Global opposition to neoliberalism[edit]

To Tackle Runoff, Cities Turn to Green Initiatives by Dave Levitan 24 Jan 2013: Report by dave levitan In Northeast Philadelphia, along busy Kensington Avenue, sits a small park. 5 Nature-Inspired Innovations The shifting hues of squid skin, the stickiness of gecko toes, the self-cleansing of lotus leaves. Understanding these and other natural phenomena can yield not only fascinating biological insights, but also fresh solutions to today’s most pressing environmental challenges. Biomimicry — applying the design of natural systems to human problems — has gained momentum in recent years. Last August, the San Diego Zoo opened its Center for Bioinspiration, which works with companies and research institutions to translate zoo scientists’ findings into practical applications.

… 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. Then she built it. Conspiracy Facts ...our world has changed dramatically over the past fifty or more years, and the shape our world has taken is a shape most of us dread. As citizens of the world, we have been led to believe that most of us live in democracies which encourage us to engage in free trade and commerce. As we toil away and strive for better lifestyles, our hard earned money is taxed and eventually ends up in the coffers of shadowy enterprises which are managed and led by several clandestine organizations.

Bosco Verticale: The World's First Vertical Forest Nears Completion in Milan Milan is one of the most polluted cities in the world, and the Bosco Verticale project aims to mitigate some of the environmental damage that has been inflicted upon the city by urbanization. The design is made up of two high-density tower blocks with integrated photovoltaic energy systems and trees and vegetation planted on the facade. The plants help capture CO2 and dust in the air, reduce the need to mechanically heat and cool the tower’s apartments, and help mitigate the area’s urban heat island effect – particularly during the summer when temperatures can reach over 100 degrees.

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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.