What is ‘biomimicry’ ?

Sometimes you don’t have to look far for inspiration. Looking at how nature handles things can also give us new insights.
You can also use this ‘design movement’ when designing the cities of the future. Let your imagination work.

Janine Benyus is the founder of this movement. The aim of the Biomimicry Institute, on the one hand to standardize biomimicry. On the other hand, it also wants to empower people to be inspired by nature when designing, for example, new buildings.

Lace Hill

Forrest Fulton Architects , based in Birmingham, Alabama, wanted to avoid designing another towering glass structure for the development of an urban environment. Instead, they chose to create a structure whose shape more closely resembled the surrounding hills of Yeravan, located between the Black and Caspian Seas near Armenia.

The proposed hillside development is 85,000 square feet and includes shops and restaurants on the lower floor, office space on the north side and a hotel and apartments on the south side, which has great solar access and the best views. Parking and car access are completely underground, so no car traffic impedes the approach of the sloping hill, which eventually joins an open space and parks west of the structure. An example of a ‘Biomimicry’ design.

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