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Porky Hefer's Human Nests African weaver birds are some of the world’s most talented architects, building sculptural, cocoon-like nests from fallen twigs and leaves. South African creative consultant Porky Hefer’s firm, Animal Farm, has adapted this concept for humans, making outdoor chill-out pods from woven fibers and steel that are big and strong enough to hold people.
If you've ever tried to pick a mussel off a rock or pier piling, you've likely noticed that they sure know how to stick to something. Columbia Forest Products looked at the natural adhesive abilities of the blue mussel and came up with a way to use soy-based formaldehyde-free technology in the construction of hardwood plywood products.
Engineers are increasingly looking to nature to help improve tools and products–the biomimicry revolution, it’s called–but little did we know, one of our aged tools unintentionally mimicked part of a small, jumping insect nymph. It’s the first time that gears have been found in any animal. The shape of the teeth could teach us how to better optimize mechanical gears. The symmetrical teeth on man-made cogs minimize friction, but the swept back teeth on the nymph might make gears more effective.
Just like the surface of a leaf, the ‘skin’ of the Habitat 2020 building reacts to external stimuli, opening, closing and breathing throughout the day through a system of ‘cellular’ openings that allow light, air and water into the apartments . It improves indoor air quality and provides natural air conditioning – the skin can even absorb moisture from the air and collect rainwater before purifying and filtering it so it can be used by the building’s
Seattle's Built Center was designed with the characteristics of a forest. The building was created entirely out of nontoxic material. It is able to generate its own energy and deals with its waste. The building has reduced energy consumption and has inspired the increase of greener office buildings.
A prototype for a Breathing Skin designed by Neri Oxman who teaches at the MIT Media Lab. It's made from polyurethane and machined wax. The material is made in continuous tiles and changes in areas to let in light heat, or to achieve structural support. #material #design #MIT #medialab #design #surface #biomimicry #science #advanced #texture