About this Research Topic
Biomimicry is the practice of designing novel materials, structures and systems which are inspired by nature and biological processes. The application of bio-inspired solutions in the built environment has become an emerging area of research which promises credible mitigation measures for social, spatial, economic, technological and environmental problems. Critical multi-scale issues ranging from climate change, urban heat, environmental pollution, and waste production, to the sustainable use of materials, efficient building processes, and energy consumption, all require re-thinking and systemic change to create positive impacts on ourselves and our precious planet. Recently in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector, biomimicry has been applied to reduce the high energy consumption of traditional machinery and equipment that are used in construction and development sites, as well as developing sustainable smart design.
Our insatiable habit to consume more, coupled with the predominant make-use-throw attitude has resulted in the depletion of our natural resources at a pace which is much faster than we are able to replenish. Within this context, biomimicry-driven understanding of interdependent ecologies and bioprocesses can offer solutions to pursue sustainability directives and objectives through dedicated research into various explorative paths and disciplines. Biomimicry is thus upheld as an innovative and effective method to enable us to design, build, and operate sustainably and in a smart manner, while addressing the complexities of contemporary society. Sustainability can be achieved by designing or creating biomimetic designs, products or systems that are effective, efficient, smart and sustainable.
There are diverse fields in which biomimicry can contribute to sustainability. Biomimicry as a solution is progressing quickly and is showing great potential for future applications, although it is not getting as much attention as it deserves. This Research Topic aims to focus on the most effective fields in sustainability and biomimetics to explore the potential benefits for our buildings, cities, and associated infrastructure. We welcome Original Research, Reviews, and other articles that explore, but are not limited to, the following list of themes:
• Biomimicry in architecture (e.g. sustainable designs and designs requiring less energy to build)
• Biomimicry in engineering
• Biomimicry in construction
• Biomimicry in materials (e.g. new sustainable materials)
• Biomimicry in energy management (e.g. managing energy effectively using innovative products)
• Biomimicry in urban design and planning
• Biomimicry in product and interior design (furniture, products, etc.)
• Biomimicry and biophilic design
• Biomimicry and healthy buildings
• Biomimicry and wellbeing
• Biomimicry and computational design
Keywords: Biomimicry, Engineering, Construction, Architecture, Materials, Sustainability, Energy Management, Design
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