The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology supported the development of ORNILUX by conducting extensive field testing in the Radolfzell Bird Sanctuary to investigate a bird’s ability to recognize glass sheeting. Based on these test results, ORNILUX can now be recommended to architects or builders to minimize the effects of bird-strike in buildings having large glass installations – without requiring the use of visual barriers which are disturbing to people.
The prevalent approach to sustainability is still missing a key ingredient: nature itself.According to Kellert, biophilic design has to make sense in context, and it must make sense culturally. The six elements of biophilic design are:
If you had to choose between two verbs to describe life ahead of you, which would you choose?
1) To Flourish
2) To Sustain
We know sustainability is an important aspect of business viability, yet our current focus on sustainability is likened to applying the brakes to a bus going in the wrong direction if we do not also seek to transform business (and society) towards positive, wholesome outcomes. Yes, applying the brakes to a vehicle we know is doing damage is sensible, yet we ought not to allow the focus on applying the brakes become singular as to exclude focus on what we can evolve into.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syi9bqfFIdY Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment -- and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.
Envision Pigeon is a blog from the Pigeon Studio initiative that focuses on Design for Animal Cohabitation, Conservation and Biodiversity. This blog is a platform for shared research, projects, information and pop culture that deals with the life and wellbeing of the earth’s animals. All Species are interconnected and all share one earth.
Morphogenesis, from the Greek words morphê, for shape and genesis, for creation, refers to imitating evolution in developing designs.
David Sánchez's insight:
“During the design process using morphogenesis, coliseums may vaguely resemble rib cages; chairs can look like vines growing up a tree; and motorcycle frames can resemble the shape and strength of a snake’s jaw,” Altair Engineering says in its prospectus.
<Start from scratch, with a small group of people who fully uynderstand the process and its goals, and are eager to dedicate themselves to creating an EcoVillage according to the basic format of the experiment.>
Or a better question is .. Why do they do that??! WELL!!! the caddisfly is a very unique insect. It is the only aquatic insect that builds its own protective case out of the substrate that is in their environment.
"Design Matters: Doing Better with Less" is a short but powerful animated story about using design to create sustainable wealth, and it provides essential insights into the future of business and innovation.
If we’re going to keep putting roads in the middle of their habitats, animals are sometimes going to need to cross the road. But it’s better for everyone involved if they don’t have to push a button and wait for the light to change, because they don’t have thumbs and nine times out of 10 they’ll just careen into the side of your car. Which is why some highways have overpasses built specifically for animals like deer, elk, and grizzly bears.
Why do certain places make us feel good? Anthropologists tell us we are hard-wired to respond to nature. People viscerally respond to the same relationships in architecture because they make us feel good. These sensations are known as biophilia. Terrapin Bright Green is pleased to release The Economics of Biophilia, a white paper that compiles an economic argument for biophilic design in the built environment.
The Bee Tower is an iconic gesture of the regeneration of the Silo City site, both naturally and economically. The material properties of the tower represent the cluster of material manufactures around the site while housing the colony of bees. Visitors enter the hive tower from below and look up at it, similar to the silos and bins of Marine A. The hive is contained within a bee cab, separate from the tower structure. It provides protection, warmth and separates entry access between bees and humans. Professional beekeepers gain access to the hive by lowering it, which allows them to ensure the health and safety of the bees. The tower’s orientation frames key views of the surrounding historic grain elevators and the new upcoming developments of Silo City.
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