Nature and its systems are at work all around us, and these systems are governed by forces that constantly evolve towards maximum efficiency, both in the grace and economy of its mechanisms and the large-scale closed loop of material and energy usage.
In the world of design, using biomimicry means incorporating elements of an organically occurring system. Olympic swimsuits are based on sleek shark skin; the bumps on a whale’s fin are incorporated into tidal turbines to reduce drag; tall office buildings are built with big thermal masses, like termite mounds, to reduce the need for air conditioning.
This exhibit was made possible by students from all disciplines and curator Claudine Fernandez. The exhibit will be display through the 2014-2015 academic year at the Science Center. Stop by see the contributions as well as the compilation of all the pieces in the Exhibit Booklet.