Biological Systems

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DAY 14 – BIOMIMICRY 9 – CLAIRE

Wastewater infrastructure is based on a centralised mindset and the centralised wastewater system makes perfect sense in the context of the past. In the Durban project that I referred to just now and the stormwater drain, we spoke about the resilience of Durban as it developed. The Durban project that we worked on was around […]

DAY 14 – BIOMIMICRY 8 – CLAIRE

Claire:  Whatever thing you need to regulate, whether it’s how much energy you have or how much energy you need or it’s how much temperature you have or how much temperature you need, there is going to be a threshold around which you regulate something and you can actually continuously have a learning system that […]

DAY 14 – BIOMIMICRY 7 – CLAIRE

The context will define whether it makes sense or not. I can’t think of an example right now but if you sat down and looked to the biology you would probably find many examples where it does exist but right now I don’t have it on top of my head. Different contexts require different strategies and you […]

DAY 14 – BIOMIMICRY 6 – CLAIRE

When you adapt to the context of space which is the physical limits and boundaries which need to be efficient and life-friendly, when you go to the context of always changing you need to make sure that you achieve and responsive because you have to kind of do them both, integration is a critical one. […]

DAY 14 – BIOMIMICRY 5 – CLAIRE

As long as you get that there are diversity and variety. It’s very much a biologists perspective. The design perspective is diversity. So the other thing I didn’t mention, is that they maintain integrity through self-renewal. I think that is kind of covered, the fact that you want to maintain your functions, your functional integrity […]

DAY 14 – BIOMIMICRY 4 – CLAIRE

Resilient – Distributed Diverse Duplicates Student interations: “Take solar panels for example. A lot of people are using solar panels, but what happens when those break down. Are they green friendly or life friendly?” “A solid base is always good, being able to add on and change as you grow. I think that’s the thing that […]

DAY 14 – BIOMIMICRY 3 – CLAIRE

Life’s Principles We’re going to get to know these principles in two ways. We are going to start by getting to know them and how we apply them in the design world and then we’re going to see them in nature so we get more insight as we see them in practice later so that […]

DAY 14 – BIOMIMICRY 1 – CLAIRE

So bios need life mimicry to imitate and the question is why? Biomimicry is the conscious emulation, and normally we say of life genius or the practice of continuous learning from and emulating the life of 3.8 billion years of time-tested wisdom. What we are looking at when we study life principles is what those deep principles, […]

DAY 13 – CARBON CYCLE

Judy: One of the things we have to know a lot about because in the end it’s the carbon cycle and the water cycle that’s are the base of every single bit of understanding of what’s going on and what we can do to change it. And in actual fact because I am a teacher […]