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Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

April 11th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Infographic, Materials, Structures|Sectors: , |

Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

During her Synapse webinar, Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones, Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder and author Janine Benyus reviewed a set of twelve lightweighting principles inspired by the natural world. Now, we’ve turned that into an infographic as a quick and easy reference to how nature uses materials efficiently and creatively without compromising functionality.

Curated by Janine Benyus

Resilient architecture that helps fight climate change

April 7th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Business Models, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Resilience, Structures, Waste, Water, Wellness|Sectors: , |

Resilient architecture that helps fight climate change

Thomas Knittel of McLennan Design has written a thought provoking article in Arcade magazine about his work on an orphanage project in Haiti. Beyond appreciating the form and process inspirations from nature (the strength of tree branching and the filtering ability of bark), I was intrigued by the ecosystem-level thinking that became ingrained in the project. There are not many project teams that are learning resilience lessons from population biology case studies and applying that idea to their buildings, and I found it heartening and valuable.

Curated by Jamie Dwyer

Engineering, biomimicry fusion creates pavilion that grows

March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Life's Principles, Materials, Product Design, Structures|Sectors: , , , , |

Engineering, biomimicry fusion creates pavilion that grows

The Elytra Filament Pavilion is now displaying in Germany. The pavilion, inspired by the hexagonal structures in beetle wings, is woven by a robot. This Inhabitat article mentions that real-time sensing data directs how the pavilion grows, opening the door for new thinking on how robots and engineering can help our designs evolve (as well as meet other Life’s Principles that seem incongruent with the built design).

Curated by Jamie Dwyer

‘Seedkit’ helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

March 18th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Planning, Policy, Structures, Water|Sectors: , , |

'Seedkit' helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

It’s a remarkable (and 100% achievable!) vision: Imagining how nature’s genius can help transform design and create sustainable cities of the future. A new toolkit from Urban Greenprint is exploring how employing biomimicry can manage waterflow, drawing from strategies found in the rainy Pacific Northwest. The wonderfully-named Seedkit allows users to easily explore an awesome set of water management ideas–all inspired by nature.

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones

March 8th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Materials, Structures, Webinar|Sectors: , |

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Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones

In this recorded webinar, biomimicry expert and author Janine Benyus shares untapped insights from the natural world on structural optimization. She reveals some of nature’s shapes, surfaces, and interior architectures that could lead to new innovations in structural design and manufacturing techniques, such as additive manufacturing.

Available to view on-demand | 60 minute recorded webinar

Curated by Janine Benyus

Lightweighting Steel and Aluminum

March 8th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Materials, Structures, Webinar|Sectors: , |

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Lightweighting Steel and Aluminum

If we designed like nature, and optimized strength like trees and bones, how many national forest could we save? In this recorded webinar, world renowned biomimicry expert Janine Benyus takes us on a tour of biomimetic opportunities to lightweight two of the most commonly utilized materials by our species, steel and aluminum, and the impact that doing more with less has on global climate change.

Curated by Janine Benyus

Examining biomimicry’s ‘significant potential’ in architecture

March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Product Design|Sectors: |

Examining biomimicry’s ‘significant potential’ in architecture

While I think “What can humans learn from nature?” is a better design question than “Can human intelligence design better than nature?” the Design Exchange’s Evolution exhibit in Toronto appears to present some fascinating demonstrations of biomechanics and design opportunities through investigating how nature works. Shauna Levy, President and CEO of Design Exchange, says in this Canadian Architect article, “There is significant potential for innovation through exploration of biomimicry and we have an opportunity to showcase how some Canadian designers have addressed it.”

Erin-01Curated by Erin Rovalo

Monkey pod tree inspires locally attuned functionality

February 26th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Energy Efficiency|Sectors: |

Monkey pod tree inspires locally attuned functionality

HOK’s San Francisco office was inspired by local species during its work on the NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center in Hawaii. The HOK team specifically references learning how the monkey pod tree responds to changing environmental conditions, according to this HOK website article. Using biomimicry methodology as part of their design process brought in an extra focus on functionality of the building, and more importantly, locally attuned functionality.

Jamie-01Curated by Jamie Dwyer

New technology could help us emulate nature’s brilliant shapes

February 4th, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Architecture, Carbon, Energy Efficiency, Engineering, Materials, Product Design, Structures, Textiles, Water|Sectors: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New technology could help us emulate nature’s brilliant shapes

The key to many of nature’s strategies is using shape rather than material. Emulating those shapes, especially at the nano-scale, has proven challenging. This new platform technology has the potential to leverage the shape of nature’s surface textures to add functionality to a wide variety of surfaces by building from the bottom up.

Dayna-01Curated by Dayna Baumeister

Join me for our first LIVE webinar series

February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Materials, Structures|Sectors: , |

Join me for our first LIVE webinar series

If you’ve been reading Synapse since our initial launch in May, you know how much there is to keep track of when it come to biomimicry intelligence. Biomimicry is moving faster than I could have imagined, and it takes a dedicated team to sort through not just the scientific breakthroughs, but the business intelligence too—who is investing in biomimicry, where the opportunities are, and when the latest products and services hit the market. That’s WHY we created Synapse, so you know what we know, when we know it, ensuring you’re not left behind. And as we grow our subscriber base, we’re also growing our content collection. This week, we announced our first live webinar series, featuring yours truly. Take a look at the details here, Lightweighting Inspired by Nature. I hope to see you there!

Janine-01Curated by Janine Benyus