In his extraordinary [English and Spanish language blog]David Sanchez Ruano Biomimetic Design:
Nature + Design: for a Sustainable Future
http://biodsign.wordpress.com/ ] illustrates a wide range of work in the field. The illustration at right is from the work of Geoffrey Elander and Sang Duk Mo in their recognized Hybrid Evolutionary Housing
This is a community which will grow over time according to market demand. It is not a commercial tower, nor a residential tower, but a constant evolution of both
The work is among many reviewed in the magazine, eVolo is an architecture and design journal focused on technological advances, sustainability, and innovative design for the 21st Century. Our objective is to promote and discuss the most avant-garde ideas generated in schools and professional studios around the world. It is a medium to explore the reality and future of design with up-to-date news, events, and projects.
He also cites the work of Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985). It was an exceptionally versatile artist: he could just as close to glass, porcelain, wood, silver, steel or plastic. From Finland, Tapio began in 1933 studying the craft at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, now coming to be known worldwide through Scandinavian design.
The reasons for the designs and sculptures Wirkkala often derived from natural forms, real or abstracted, coinciding with the present action of biomimicry. Usually, the appreciation of natural resources is so deeply embedded in their work that the source is difficult to distinguish. The reason may come from the shape of a leaf, a plant or a bird, the movement of water, the texture of melting ice or a whirlpool. In its most remarkable organically integrate man and nature.
In another blog at
Pax Spirals | Espirales Pax
August 15, 2010 by srdave focuses on the work of one design lab, working with a basic design in nature:
Nature often used a rhythmic spiral whenever it wanted to move something like air or water. Using that principle as the basic geometry of his design, scientist Jay Harman and his company Pax Scientific are designing new fan technology that claims to have energy savings of 50%, and be around 75% quieter. This team also develops industrial equipment in areas such as power generation, propulsion, mixing and refrigeration.
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Other good resources:
The website of architecture and author Eugene Tsui: