biomimicry

Biomimicry in buildings: 6 animal-shaped architectural wonders

Biomimicry in buildings: 6 animal-shaped architectural wonders

Sea shells have influenced the form of buildings in Japan, Monte Carlo, and Mexico, to name a few. This nautilus-shaped home in Mexico City, imagined by Javier Senosiain, was inspired by Gaudi and Frank

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ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry

ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry

Biomimicry, a discipline that draws inspiration from nature to create solutions to real world problems, is relatively new as an academic study path. In an effort to lead the way, Arizona State University

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The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel in collaboration with French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, One Central Park's living green facade exhibits 250 species of native Australian flowers and

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Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

Those little seashells loitering on your bathroom shelf are hiding quite a secret—their teeth are—according to a new study from the University of Portsmouth—the strongest material found in nature.

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Exploration’s zero-waste textile factory is inspired by nature, designed by science

Exploration’s zero-waste textile factory is inspired by nature, designed by science

Solving human problems with inspiration from nature is known as biomimicry. For the design of this zero waste textiles factory, located in India, Exploration Architecture was charged with the hefty task

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can parasites teach us about zombies?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can parasites teach us about zombies?

Halloween is tomorrow, and this young girl's fancies are turning to, what else? Zombies! Yes, we all secretly worry about the coming zombie apocalypse, though not enough to assemble the

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Colorful ice teepees provide temporary frozen flora shelter for Canadian hikers

Colorful ice teepees provide temporary frozen flora shelter for Canadian hikers

The architects wanted to create a design that would use a limited set of tools and rely mostly on the site's natural conditions. They chose reinforced ice, refined with organic materials gathered from six

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Tim Van Cromvoirt’s trippy thermophores change color with heat

Tim Van Cromvoirt’s trippy thermophores change color with heat

Dutch designer Tim Van Cromvoirt wanted to create a wall application that would look organic and act like living organism. So he used his final year at the ST. Joost Academy, in Breda to experiment

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Can Biomimicry Inspire Smarter Companies? Help Kickstart This Book!

Can Biomimicry Inspire Smarter Companies? Help Kickstart This Book!

Regular Inhabitat readers will know and love Inhabitat's Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker, who writes the incredible Biomimicry Manual series. Dr. Woolley-Barker has been writing a bio-inspired book all about

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Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

We love a good collaborative project as much as we love a good bit of biomimicry. That makes us happy to report that biology and computer science students and professors at Wake Forest University have

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This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

Next year will mark thirty years since the construction of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser's iconic Hundertwasserhaus in the Kegelgasse district of Vienna, Austria. Hundertwasser's fantastical artistic

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Help Make This Fascinating Biomimicry Book a Reality and Get Cool Perks

Help Make This Fascinating Biomimicry Book a Reality and Get Cool Perks

If you've been following Inhabitat for a while, you're probably familiar with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker's brilliant biomimicry articles. For the past year and a half, Tamsin has been pouring her heart

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Baobed’s oval shape was inspired by exotic fruit that dangles from the branches of baobab trees, known as the “tree of life,” characteristic of African landscapes. Related: Cocoon Tree Is A

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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

Nest Beds A bed is certainly the most obvious human adaptation of a bird’s nest. Many designers have attempted this concept and the results include both hanging and floor-supported models.  O*GE

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5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

In recent years, a number of scientists have had success with transferring the genetic material responsible for bioluminescence into plants that don't normally glow in the dark. The goal is to eventually

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

It's frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn't have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s population. But

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ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

Another of the Institutes’ bionic research pavilions, the structure investigates the structural performance of protective shells of beetles. These have proven to be a suitable role model for highly

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World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

Recently, prolific Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and civil engineering firm Heijmans nabbed headlines by installing the world's first glow-in-the-dark road in the Netherlands. The futuristic road is

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

We’ve showcased several attempts at creating the ultimate invisibility cloak - but the “Anti-Shark” Wetsuit is the world’s first design that renders divers and surfers invisible to sharks!

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INTERVIEW: Eric Maundu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

INTERVIEW: Eric Maundu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

Inhabitat: So tell me about your work here at American Steel Studios. ERIC: I build gardens like these. This is the smallest one I’ve ever done with an aquarium on the bottom and a garden on

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The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

In this utopian superstructure offices, research labs, housing, and communal areas are interspersed between orchards, farms, and production rooms. Plant and animal farming is arranged throughout the

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

It's a scientific fact that there's nothing cuter than a baby sloth in a bucket. But even if Facebook 'likes' turn out not to correlate with biological fitness, sloths are a runaway success by any

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

You know bats and dolphins 'echolocate' to find their prey, sending out blips of squeaky SONAR-like sound waves that bounce off fish or moths in the dark. And people do it, too, using expensive equipment.

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Ingo Arndt’s Amazing Book Reveals the Wonderful World of Animal Architecture

Ingo Arndt’s Amazing Book Reveals the Wonderful World of Animal Architecture

The Indonesian vogelkop bowerbird build intricate stick tower nests to attract mates. They decorate them with flowers, fruits, mushrooms, and even trash left in the forest by tourists. Australian

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Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

The metal structure of the 2,000 square meter plaza echoes the verticality of the surrounding logs. Reused wooden railway ties serve as blinds that help control daylighting and indoor temperature. The

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Festo Uses Biomimicry to Design an Energy Efficient Bouncing Bionic Kangaroo

Festo Uses Biomimicry to Design an Energy Efficient Bouncing Bionic Kangaroo

The prospect of a bouncing robotic kangaroo may seem crazy, but German-based engineering company Festo discovered that basing robot motion on the kangaroo’s hop is incredibly energy efficient. Known for

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Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Windmills offer a great way to harness renewable energy, and they’ve been around for almost two centuries - but who says that’s the only way you can catch the wind? Festo, a supplier of automation

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