06 Dec '11, 2pm

14 Best Inventions Using Biomimicry in 2011 (Videos)

14 Best Inventions Using Biomimicry in 2011 (Videos)

Freeform Wooden Pavilion Structurally Biomimicks Sea Urchin's Form The simple sea urchin has a whole lot to offer for biomimicry when it comes to architecture. Kimberly writes of this gorgeous structure, "Created as a joint effort in biological research between University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), the so-called “bionic” dome is constructed out of plywood sheets at 6.5 millimeters thick. Modelled on the biological principles of a sea urchin’s plate skeleton, the idea was to study and then emulate this biological form using advanced computer-based design and simulations. In particular, the designers focused on the sand dollar, a sub-species of sea urchin (Echinoidea)." The design becomes a gorgeous shelter for events and outdoor activities.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/14-best-invent...

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