Rebecca Paul

Design Inspiration from Nature - Biomimicry for a Better Planet

by , 06/18/13

COM-BAT, biomimicry, biomimicry techniques, biomimicry solution, Qualcomm, butterfly wings, tidal power, bioStream, wind turbines X wind power, veer, Whalepower, renewable energy, whales, quantum dot solar cell

Solar Powered Spy Plane — Inspired by Bats

This robotic spy plane, known at the COM-BAT, was conceived by the US Military to gather real-time data for soldiers in the Army. The structure of this mini air-craft mimics the shape and function of a bat in flight, and in 2008 the University of Michigan College of Engineering was grated a five year $10-million dollar grant to in order to make this concept a reality. The device is powered by the sun, the wind, and vibrations, and it features “quantum dot solar cells” that are twice as effective as current photovoltaics.

COM-BAT, biomimicry, biomimicry techniques, biomimicry solution, Qualcomm, butterfly wings, tidal power, bioStream, wind turbines X wind power, veer, Whalepower, renewable energy, whales, quantum dot solar cell

Green Building — Inspired by Termite Mounds

Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe is one of the largest and most elaborate examples of biomimicry around. This building, designed by architect Mick Pearce in conjunction with engineers at Arup Associates, does not require conventional heating or air-conditioning. The building’s design utilizes principles found in African termite mounds to regulate its interior temperature while dramatically reducing energy consumption.

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  1. John Dino Gepitan June 26, 2013 at 4:25 am

    interesting i wanna apply it to my dream house design.

  2. Joe Barela June 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm


  3. Melisa June 11, 2013 at 4:57 am

    From the far side of Russia to the Australian outback, Charley Boorman is a well traveled man. In addition, you have the chance to try out art prints that you can afford. Also it is a benefit for people, as they can buy copies cheaper and have a nice canvas art printing at their place.

  4. Inhabitat's Pick for Be... November 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    [...] glue that mimics mussels sticking to rocks in a unforgiving marine environment. Extra points for biomimicry! [...]

  5. JOHANVANTONDER September 9, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Hi all, when I saw this I was istantly reminded of Antoni Gaudi and how he has used things in nature to inspire him. See also illustrations from the “GENERAL MORPHOLOGY OF THE ORGANISMS” by Ernst Haechel

  6. Bas September 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Check out more biomimicry examples @ The Biomimicry Exhibit: Innovation Inspired by Nature during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (NL)

  7. Muharrem August 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Dear Friends,
    Is nature or its DESIGNER superb?! Is Mercedes AMG C 650 or the designers of it a good question to compare your first question too?

  8. chrismerwin August 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    It really is amazing how exceptionally beautiful nature is and how much we still have to learn from it.

  9. sanmig August 3, 2010 at 9:21 am


  10. Andrew Michler July 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    And dont forget the paint that cleans itself of dirt by having bead sof water roll over it- based on the surface traits of the lotus petal. To me bio-mimicry highlights how preservation of species and land can be a selfish act – look at all the cool stuff we could get.

  11. Jasmin Malik Chua July 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Love this! Mother Nature is a fantastic designer!

  12. Yuka Yoneda Yuka Yoneda July 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I wonder if hoodie pockets were inspired by kangaroo pouches. Okay, that is possibly a lame example but I agree that biomimicry rules.

  13. jkgreen July 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Wow. Who knew? Just goes to show you how brilliant nature is…too bad our technology too often leads to its destruction.

  14. Diane Pham Diane Pham July 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    so many of the best designs employ bio-mimicry. it’s a shame that so many think it’s necessary to re-invent the wheel.

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