Homecoming of Humans: Bio-mimicry
Nature is man's teacher.
She unfolds her treasure to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence. (Alfred Billings Street)
One of the latest apprentice for creativity and innovation is Bio-mimicry (1982) It comes from the Greek bios – life, and mimesis – imitation. Inspired by flora and fauna bio-mimetic designers and engineers have created astonishing products. Few of the examples are, Cephalopod Camouflage, Kingfisher inspired Bullet Train, Sunflower inspired Heliotrope, Humpback Whales inspired wind Turbines. (figure1&2) Automobile manufacturers have inspected analogues algorithms in their quest for securer vehicles. After the years of long research, in 2009 Nissan unveiled its Eporo robot car concept, based on the schooling behaviour of fish. (Nissan Motor Corporation, 2009)
Bio-mimicry stretches its horizon to architecture as well. Erin Rovalo from Biomimicry 3.8 says, “The natural world and ecological system are maybe the best picture for what a sustainable world looks and performs like, and if our built environment can function like these ecosystems, maybe that’s the pinnacle of what sustainable design can be.” (Poon, 2016) Guided by the same fundamentals and inspired by the structure of termite mounds, ‘The East Gate Building’, an office complex in Zimbabwe has an internal climate control system. In the