Nature and biomimicry
"Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies"
Inspired by nature and biomimicry take nature at a source of inspiration rather trying to control and manipulate the natural world, instead they takes inspiration from natures problem-solving abilities.
Designers with this design agenda would be concerned with economic drivers. In my research I've come across a lot of designers who are appalled at the state of the world, untouched old nature is almost no where to be found. They're interested in the changing notion of nature, nature is the most successful product designer of our time, we all love nature but What is nature? And how is our notion of nature changing?
Practitioners working in this area are often working at the forefront of technology, creating new materials or solutions by observing nature; learning from nature at a molecular and cellular level.
Rachel Armstrong is advocating a new approach to architecture – one that sees buildings becoming living things.
Key to Armstrong’s work are protocells – little cells of fat that can be sprayed on a building, creating a sort of frosting. These are designed to trap carbon dioxide and solidify it, turning it into solid pearls of calcium carbonate or biolime or mock rock. This coating will protect the building and even mend cracks.
Says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.
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