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SECTION 1



BIOMIMICRY




Biomimicry:
bios, meaning life,
mimesis, meaning to imitate,
is a relatively new science
that studies nature,
its models,
systems,
processes,
elements and then imitates
or takes creative inspiration
from them to solve human problems
sustainably.

In her 1997 book, "Biomimicry:
Innovation Inspired by Nature",
author Janine M. Benyus introduces biomimicry,
presents examples, and explains why the field
is important now.

She writes, "Our planet-mates (plants, animals
and microbes) have been patiently perfecting
their wares for more than 3.8 billion years,
turning rock and sea into a life-friendly home.
What better models could there be?"



WIKIPEDIA
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomimicry




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BIONICS




Bionics:
biomimetics,
biognosis,
biomimicry,
bionical creativity engineering:

is the application of biological methods and
systems found in nature to the study and
design of engineering systems and modern
technology.

The transfer of technology between lifeforms
and synthetic constructs is, according to
proponents of bionic technology, desirable
because evolutionary pressure typically forces
living organisms, including fauna and flora,
to become highly optimized and efficient.

Although almost all engineering could be
said to be a form of biomimicry, the modern
origins of this field are usually attributed
to Buckminster Fuller and then was later
codification as a house or field of study to
Janine Benyus.

Roughly, we can distinguish three biological
levels in the fauna or flora, after which
technology can be modeled:

Mimicking natural methods of manufacture

Imitating mechanisms found in nature (velcro)

Studying organizational principles from social
behaviour of organisms, such as the flocking
behaviour of birds, the foraging behaviour of
bees and ants, and the Swarm Intelligence
(SI)-based behaviour of a school of fish.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bionics




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SECTION 3



BIONICS
LINKS




Bionics 2 Space
http://www.bionics2space.org/

Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability (BIONIS)
http://www.biomimetics.org.uk/

Biomimicry Institute
http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/

Biomimicry Guild
http://www.biomimicryguild.com/

CCN MAGAZINE
http://www.ccnmag.com/

Live Science
http://www.livescience.com/

Neural Interface bionic Arm
http://www.sigmorobot.com/

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's
Neuro-Controlled Bionic Arm

http://www.ric.org/

Science Creative Quarterly
http://www.scq.ubc.ca/



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TREESCRAPER



Healthier, Greener Living, William McDonough's Treescraper Tower of Tomorrow skyscraper, that works like a tree, makes oxygen, distills water, and more.


What would you call a skyscraper that works like a tree, makes oxygen, distills water, produces energy, and changes with the seasons? Perhaps it’s time to propose a new word: treescraper! Biomimicry - the art of drawing inspiration from nature’s designs - is a strategy often found in green architecture, and here’s a tree-inspired super structure that exemplifies healthy and high-tech design for the future. Designed by William McDonough, the green architect par excellence, who built the first solar-powered house in Ireland in 1977 and was entitled “Hero of the Planet” in 1999 by the Time magazine, this latest proposal for the Tower of tomorrow was commissioned by Fortune Magazine. McDonough’s proposal focuses on the possibilities of today, for a future context, integrating green and arboreally-inspired systems in a super efficient, forward-thinking architectural marvel.


William McDonough, McDonough Braungart, Tower of Tomorrow, green developments, green skyscrapers, green living, sustainable living, green building, sustainable developments, future green, green tower, sustainable tower' />

The shape of the building is aerodynamic, reducing the impact of the wind, while its curved form reduces the amount of materials needed for construction, increases structural stability and maximizes enclosed space. Flora abounds, with a green roof and three-story atrium gardens planned on the western side of the building.

As for water, the wastewater from sinks and bathtubs would be recycled and used for irrigation in the building’s gardens; the wastewater from gardens could further be reused in toilets. And if you’re wondering about energy, the southern fa├žade would be made of about 100,000 square feet of photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight into electricity. The robust system could provide up to 40 percent of the building’s needs. A combined heat-and-power plant would also be installed, to be fueled by natural gas, which could supply the power that the solar panels cannot.

All products, from building materials to furnishings, could be recycled or returned safely to the earth in true Cradle-to-Cradle fashion. The concept will be publicly unveiled during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), to be held in Abu Dhabi from January 21-23. WFES 2008 is being held in partnership with Masdar, which is planning to create the world’s first “zero-carbon, zero-waste” city.





http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/02/the-building-of-tomorrow-that-works-like-a-tree/




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TREESCRAPER
LINKS




CREATIVE GRAY MATTER
http://www.creativegraymatter.com/

Emerging Sea Productions
http://www.emergingsea.com/

Treescraper Tower of Tomorrow
http://www.urlfan.com/local/treescraper_tower_of_tomorrow/60940844.html



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FOG
TOWER



Coastal Fog Tower,fog, Generate Water, Air, Agriculture,homes,urban, cloud-catching technology,


Its construction as a stacked weave serves to trap and wick moisture into the tower, while its spiraling structure provides a large surface area that funnels water into the basement. Here, trace minerals from the sea are filtered out via a reverse osmosis system, which is much more efficient than processing sea water into potable water via desalination plants. The end result is a water distribution system with a planned performance of 2-20 liters per square meter of vertical surface, producing from 20,000 to 200,000 liters of water per day.



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SECTION 7



FOG
TOWER
LINKS




ECOTALITY
http://ecotality.com/

EVOLO-ARCH
http://www.evolo-arch.com/

Stumble Upon
http://www.stumbleupon.com/



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SECTION 8



BIOMIMICRY
LINKS




Academic Journal
http://www.iop.org/

AI Architect
http://www.aia.org/

Architecture Week
http://www.architectureweek.com/

Biomimetics Network for Industrial
Sustainability (BIONIS)

http://www.biomimetics.org.uk/

Biomimicry
http://www.biomimicry.net/

Biomimicry Database
http://database.biomimicry.org/

Biomimicry Guild
http://www.biomimicryguild.com/

Biomimicry Institute
http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/

The Design Community
http://www.designcommunity.com/

E4S
http://www.e4s.org/content/biomimicry.asp/

Eco Friend
http://www.ecofriend.org/

Ingenta Connect
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/

Interface Sustainability
http://www.interfacesustainability.com/

Mind Body Green
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/

NATURE
http://www.nature.com/

Sustainability Dictionary
http://www.sustainabilitydictionary.com/

Subtle Technologies
http://www.subtletechnologies.com/

Termite Mounds Inspire
Zimbabwe Office Complex

http://www.gdrc.org/uem/anthill.html

TREE HUGGER
http://www.treehugger.com/

World Changing
http://www.worldchanging.com/



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