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Organic Solar Cells Receiving Big Boost In Efficiency Thanks To ‘Evolution-Inspired’ Algorithm

Organic Solar Cells Receiving Big Boost In Efficiency Thanks To ‘Evolution-Inspired’ Algorithm | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it
In a potentially breakthrough discovery, researchers at Northwestern University have designed a new type of organic solar cell that will very likely lead to much higher efficiency and cheaper solar power.
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Improved Solar Cells And Batteries Thanks To Research On Snail Teeth

Improved Solar Cells And Batteries Thanks To Research On Snail Teeth | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it
More-efficient solar cells, and fast-charging lithium-ion batteries, are likely in the near future thanks to some new research on how the teeth of a type of marine snail grow.
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as you may have noticed, things have changed around here. we're exploring new worlds, which some of you might have heard of, starting with biophilia, björk's exploration of music, nature and technology.  Short spoken audio on biophilia.

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How Living Homes May Be The Key to Greening Our Cities

How Living Homes May Be The Key to Greening Our Cities | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it
A look at truly sustainable design with Mitchell Joachim, where living homes green our cities so much so that it blurs the line between design and nature...
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» India’s Living Bridges - Blog of the Long Now

» India’s Living Bridges - Blog of the Long Now | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it

A form of “sustainable, living architecture that will live and grow for generations,” these living bridges are a testament to long term thinking. Indeed, they’re included in the list of Long Now Locations maintained by Atlas Obscura, who write:

The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, but they’re extraordinarily strong – strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time. In fact, because they are alive and still growing, the bridges actually gain strength over time – and some of the ancient root bridges used daily by the people of the villages around Cherrapunji may be well over 500 years old.

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Design eMagazine | October 2012

Design eMagazine | October 2012 | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it

Inspired by nature: Honeycomb panels from 95% air - stronger than solid concrete, great for road drainage.

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Fireflies Inspire Modification to LEDs that Makes Them 55 Percent More Efficient | MIT Technology Review

Fireflies Inspire Modification to LEDs that Makes Them 55 Percent More Efficient | MIT Technology Review | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it
A modification to existing LEDs based on firefly abdomens can boost the brightness of the light source.
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How We Should Look To Nature To Build Our Future - PSFK

How We Should Look To Nature To Build Our Future - PSFK | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it
Eric Corey Freed of organicARCHITECT believes in the necessity of looking towards nature to solve our environmental and design problems.
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Why We Need Cities in Tune with Nature

Why We Need Cities in Tune with Nature | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it
In a session on a new planning and design theory called “biophilic urbanism” at the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco, Judith Heerwagen, a professor at the University of Washi...
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Why a spider's web can withstand a hurricane - and could be used to design the buildings of the future

Why a spider's web can withstand a hurricane - and could be used to design the buildings of the future | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found a web’s success lies in its ‘sacrificial beams’ which allow just a few threads to break. The same principles could be used in building design.
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Transmaterial » Blog Archive » Solar Ivy

Transmaterial » Blog Archive » Solar Ivy | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it

MATERIALS THAT REDEFINE OUR PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT...Solar Ivy is a solar energy generation and delivery system inspired by ivy. Attached to a building façade, its “leaves” are flexible photovoltaic panels that flutter in the wind, creating a kinetic experience. Solar Ivy’s visual appeal and flexible hardware system bring a technology traditionally restricted to the roof to almost any architectural surface.

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Between Books & Trees: A unique, ecological design for a new public library

Between Books & Trees: A unique, ecological design for a new public library | Design inspired by nature | Scoop.it

JAJA shared their latest proposal, which was awarded third prize, for a new public library in Daegu, South Korea.

 

Pushing the boundary of the notion that a library must be a contained, quiet and nearly isolated space, JAJA’s proposal treats the library as massive public zone for the fostering of communal creativity, and dissolves the separation between inside and nature.

JAJA, typically noted for their form making abilities, have opted for a minimialistic formal language of the architecture, so that the streamlined library can capture the textures of the existing trees and the books within to create a cohesive experience that celebrates both.

 

“We propose to merge the spatial qualities of the trees and the potential of the library into one cohesive identity. The library will merge the exterior and interior through a series of spatial transitions within an inclusive environment for the local community,” explained the architects.

 

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