How to keep hope alive under Donald Trump? Biomimicry

January 19, 2017 by  
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What a year! Such exultant highs and crushing lows. Here we stand, on the brink of a sixth wave of extinction , staring down the barrel of a 10 billion-human population explosion, as the summers get hotter and the winters weirder . Someone ought to do something! we think––but it seems that systems protecting and supporting us are breaking down, right when we can least afford it. How do we keep hope alive? How do we find the strength to keep working for a better future? For me, hope isn’t hard to find. It stems from the fact that every creature encountered on the trail is a survivor, whose ancestors passed down the strategies that serve them today. Living things have always faced shifting climates , dwindling resources, deceptive predators, parasites and competitors. After nearly four billion years of life, natural selection has sculpted tens of millions of winning solutions. Learning from these solutions, or applying biomimicry to our daily life, seeds hope for the future.

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Weird but wonderful Wind House brings whimsy to Koreas Jeju Island

January 19, 2017 by  
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A peculiar home has popped up on Korea’s idyllic Jeju island , and it’s unlike any we’ve seen before. Moon Hoon , a Seoul-based architect who’s never afraid to think outside of the box, recently completed the Wind House, a low-lying structure topped with a large-scale golden sculptural object that bears similarities to a duck head or hairdryer. Despite its alien appearance, the golden protrusion’s shape takes inspiration from the wind-swept landscape, while its golden color alludes to the island’s fall and winter foliage. Moon Hoon, the same architect behind a Star Wars House and the candy-inspired Lollipop House , was commissioned by an eye doctor with a love of contemporary art and a taste for the eccentric. The client tasked Hoon to design three small houses with the requirements that they be unique and functional. The resulting Wind House comprises a volcanic stone wall that runs the perimeter of the site, two low-lying houses that sit at right angles to one another, and a third house in the middle topped with a inhabitable and sculptural space that Hoon describes as “blossom[ing] like a golden flower.” The boxy gray-colored homes draw inspiration from traditional Jeju architecture and provide a sharp contrast to the glistening gold crown. Accessible via a spiral staircase , the duck head-shaped space includes a living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Unlike the other interior spaces, which are painted a demure white and kept relatively minimalist, the interior of the “hovering flower” is painted a vibrant shade of red complemented with black furniture and a zebra print floor. A slit window offers views towards Hallasan, the volcano located at the center of the island. Related: The Force is Strong With This Sandcrawler-Inspired Star Wars House in South Korea “The sharp difference and contrast between the horizontal houses and hovering houses grounded secularly by high volcanic rock walls bring about a kind of contrasting harmony like that of flowers blossoming among the green leaves,” says the architect. Moon Hoon and Tomeny Kisilewicz also produced an unusual five-minute science fiction film that stars the Wind House as the hero that saves the residents of Jeju from the erupting Hallasan. + Moon Hoon Via ArchDaily Images © NamGoong sun

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ENOTA’s Velenje car park is a brilliant alternative to parking lot sprawl

April 3, 2015 by  
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Viereck Architekten’s green-roofed mountain chalets offer 360-degree views of the Alps

April 3, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Viereck Architekten’s green-roofed mountain chalets offer 360-degree views of the Alps Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alps , geothermal energy , larch facade , locally sourced wood , mountain cabin , mountain chalet , natural light , timber architecture , Viereck Architekten , wooden architecture

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Torsten Ottesjö’s “Hönshus-1? is a Beautiful, Serene Chicken Refuge by the Sea

June 25, 2014 by  
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Researchers Create Clog-Free Printer Inspired by the Human Eye

July 18, 2012 by  
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Biomimicry  has inspired many unique creations over the years, such as clothing , machines and even  armor . But now  a team of University of Missouri engineers have used biomimicry to create a clog-free printer that will save both time and money by keeping ink-jet nozzles clean and running efficiently. However, what might be the most bizarre aspect of their creation, is that they have based it on the human eye. Read the rest of Researchers Create Clog-Free Printer Inspired by the Human Eye Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry , clog-free inkjet printer , eyelids , human eye , inkjet printer , natural design , university of missouri

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