Bio mimicry – Nature's catalyst for Architecture Sustainability
Bio mimicry – Nature’s catalyst for Architecture Sustainability

Bio mimicry – Nature’s catalyst for Architecture Sustainability

Biomimicry (from the Greek bios, "life," and mimesis, "to copy") is a modelling discipline that seeks long-term solutions by imitating Nature's tried-and-true patterns and techniques. Large quantities of pollution, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions are linked to the places people have created for themselves, and the built environment is frequently held responsible for global, financial, and societal ills. The capacity to simulate life as well as the dynamic connections between live species that build up environments are both easily available. Humans, as well as prospective human ecosystems that might be intertwined with environments, will benefit from this example. Human habitats are responsible for significant amounts of trash, oil consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions, and the built environment is constantly held accountable for global, environmental, and social issues. Simulating life and the intricate interactions between living species that build up ecosystems are both possible. This situation would teach humans, and the prospect of human settings that are mutually beneficially interwoven with the habitats of other animals is exciting. It's a creative practice that encourages the transfer of ideas, values, and practices derived from the living environment, with the goal of reducing pollution. The biological qualities of natural life are imbued into the constructed environment using this approach. Nature's diversity means there are many possibilities to learn from it. Buildings already consume 40% of worldwide power, and by the end of the decade, it is expected that 60% of the world's population would be housed in buildings in cities with populations of more than one million. Furthermore, the worldwide power market is expected to grow by more than 30%. Architects and other practitioners are experimenting with a variety of passive and active techniques to transitioning from non-renewable to renewable energy in order to meet the essential energy demands while minimising environmental damage. Learning from nature for design inspiration would have an impact on initiatives for a sustainable and creative society in the twenty-first century, when all constructions must have zero environmental effect to provide optimum comfort.

Biomimicry uses an ecological criterion to assess the validity and long-term viability of our technology. This integrative approach is founded on the notion that throughout its 3.8 billion-year history, evolution has already addressed a myriad of issues. Nature serves as a mentor, teaching students the fundamentals of environmentally oriented design as well as the language associated with it . It's a fast growing subject of architecture and engineering in which entire systems are simulated using a modelling framework. This is because it has the ability to promote creative thinking and the development of ecologically beneficial innovations. It ushers in a new era in which we place greater emphasis on what we can learn from nature rather than what we can obtain from it. Biomimicry is
capable of encouraging the paradigm change in creative and problem-based learning that is required for education to become more sustainable, which is unsurprising.


Prof. Kavita Nagpal
School of Architecture and Planning
Lingaya’s Vidyapeeth

April 12, 2023

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