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Zephyr Theater: Biomimicry
Our group’s final goal was to create a movie theater that incorporated biomimicry. Although, our goal as a whole class, was to make a child friendly community that incorporated biomimicry. We had to incorporate many importants things that every single building would need. This includes lighting, plumbing, the construction, aesthetics, heating, cooling, and furnishing. Before we started, we had to do a lot of research in which animals we wanted to incorporate into our building. `
Inventions are meant to solve problems and simplify a lifestyle. Some inventions can be inspired by biomimicry. Bio means life, while mimic means to copy. This means that engineers look to nature and animals for inspiration to solve human problems. Using nature as an inspiration can improve the efficiency of human life and create resolutions to problems that we as a global community encounter. There are many examples you can find online. One example of this is the company WhalePower. WhalePower was inspired by the humpback whale’s tubercles (scalloped and curved edges on whale’s flippers). They applied this structure to windmill blades, which enabled windmills to spin faster, gain more lift, and gather even more energy in a safe and effective manner.
The Start of Biomimicry and Architecture
The idea of biomimicry has been around since the mid-20th century. It began at the 1900 World Fair in Paris, France. Renè Binet was inspired by the family of the single-celled animal known as a Radiolaria. Radiolaria are known for their beauty and complex mini-bone structures. These animals reside in the higher layers of the ocean. Through lithographs (pictures produced with ink) of Radiolaria, Binet constructed La Porte Monumentale (The Monumental Gate). It was a beautiful sight and captured the essence of biomimicry.
The ladybug (also known as the coccinellidae) is a family of a variations of beetles. Ladybugs are most commonly recognized in the colors of yellow, orange, and red with black spots. A ladybug has very thin wings protected by a hard shell called the elytra. The elytra are connected to the ladybug’s “neck” area which cause them to fold out from underneath the head. The thin wings unfold from underneath the shell and flap quickly from front to back. A ladybug’s wings can flap 85 times a second. This allows them to make sharp turns away from predators.
In order to keep polar bears warm in the Arctic weather, many layers of insulation is needed. Polar bears have 4 layers of fur, blubber, and material that help them stay comfortable when swimming, sleeping, and walking through the snow. The first layer (closest to the skin) is almost 4 inches of blubber. Blubber works as an insulator to keep the body heat contained. After the blubber is a layer of darkly pigmented skin. Because of its dark color, it can absorb any sunlight and keep it inside the body. On top of that, there is the dense underfur. The dense underfur traps bodily heat from escaping. The final outside layer is the guard hair. The guard hair is a layer of long, transparent hair that scatters incoming sunlight so that the layer beneath can collect it. All of these layers work together to keep the body warm.
Our group was inspired by two animals, polar bears and ladybugs. The design of our architecture is a movie theatre. The polar bear inspiration is used for our insulation of the theatre to keep things warm and the ladybug was used for the outer part of the structure. Our theatre has a way to become an indoor theatre and an outdoor theatre. The outside layer (wings) would open up and close like the wings of a ladybug. Ladybugs have a hard shell called the elytra. The wings fold underneath the elytra when landing. We are basing the theatre’s roof more on the elytra than rather on the actual ladybug wings. Sure, there are other bugs that can open up their wings and close them like beetles, but ladybugs are more aesthetically
Summary of Biomimicry and Architecture (Terry)
As we continue to grow and prosper, nature will always be our inspiration for many types of arts, games, books, fashion, buildings, etc. Nature is the base of this whole world. Innovation starts when someone has a solution or a new idea for the society/culture. Using nature as an inspiration for everything is incredible.
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