PLX.box

2008-11-22

Science_121

Entry: Ecosystems
Focus: Biomimicry



Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new science that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example of this innovation inspired by nature. The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. They have found what works, what is appropriate, and most important, what lasts here on Earth.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.biomimicry.net/

Architecture_120

Entry: Environment
Focus: AIA COTE



The Committee on the Environment (COTE) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.
LINK>>>>>
http://www.aia.org/