RESEARCH POINT – TED talks – Janine Benyus / Biomimicry

RESEARCH POINT

BRIEF –

  1. To watch 2 videos clips by Janine Benyus about Biomimcry.
  2. Look around and find some artefacts that have been inspired by nature. Take photos/make sketches.

1 – TED video clips

http://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus_biomimicry_in_action.html

Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you’ll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.

A self-proclaimed nature nerd, Janine Benyus’ concept of biomimicry has galvanized scientists, architects, designers and engineers into exploring new ways in which nature’s successes can inspire humanity

http://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus_shares_nature_s_designs.html

In this inspiring talk about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build.

My thoughts – I think you need to have a really clear understanding of the function found in nature to able to replicate it and apply it to design. Therefore to get this idea working best a textile designer would need to work in collaboration, ideally, with a scientist.

2 – Visual recordings of artefacts that are inspired by nature. These are the pages of my sketchbook showing products in shops, designed artefacts and places of interest.

Page 1 - Items in shops

Page 1 – Items in shops

Page 2 - items around. Public art, railings, greetings card, lampsbade at friends house.

Page 2 – items around. Public art, railings, greetings card, lampsbade at friends house.

Page 3.  Work in my house by me, work by other artists in public spaces, things for and in my garden.

Page 3. Work in my house by me, work by other artists in public spaces, things for and in my garden.

Page 4 -outdoor sculpture exhibition FRESH AIR had lots of natured inspired items.

Page 4 -outdoor sculpture exhibition FRESH AIR had lots of natured inspired items.

Page 5 - outdoor sculpture exhibition FRESH AIR had lots of natured inspired items.

Page 5 – outdoor sculpture exhibition FRESH AIR had lots of natured inspired items.

Page 6 - outdoor sculpture exhibition FRESH AIR had lots of natured inspired items.

Page 6 – outdoor sculpture exhibition FRESH AIR had lots of natured inspired items.

Page 7 - Casa Batllo, Barcelona designed by Gaudi.

Page 7 – Casa Batllo, Barcelona designed by Gaudi.

Page 7  depicts a weekend in Barcelona as I wanted to see Gaudi’s architecture but I was delighted to learn that so much of his work was designed taking inspiration from nature  – perfect for this research point.  There was a small temporary side exhibition at La Sagrada Famillia detailing this research and inspiration – what a bonus for me ! The main supporting pillars based on the strength of forrest trees, iron work railings taking inspiration from palm trees, roof tiles based on the performance of the curl of a leaf to name a few. It was an incredible man designing well before his time, like it or not the details are incredible.

Just a couple of photos of La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo.

La Sagrada Familia - incredibly tall strong pillars inspired by natures forests.

La Sagrada Familia – incredibly tall strong pillars inspired by natures forests.

La Sagrada Familia - Stone masons model of pillar showing the "tree branch" detail

La Sagrada Familia – Stone masons model of pillar showing the “tree branch” detail

La Sagarada Familia - display of how iron railing were inspired by palm leaves.

La Sagarada Familia – display of how iron railing were inspired by palm leaves.

The roof tiles were dedsigned on the effectiveness of a curled leaf dispelling water.

The roof tiles were dedsigned on the effectiveness of a curled leaf dispelling water.

La Sagrada Familia- Stone masons model showing how a leaf stem support inspired columns .

La Sagrada Familia- Stone masons model showing how a leaf stem support inspired columns .

Casa Batllo - Windows inspired by sea urchins. The theme of sea shells is repeated in various forms throughout this house.

Casa Batllo – Windows inspired by sea urchins. The theme of sea shells is repeated in various forms throughout this house.

Casa Batllo - a stroke of genius ! Even in 1904 Gaudi was thinking of ingenious ideas to allow light into a building. This is a sky light tube inspired by the eye of a fly !

Casa Batllo – a stroke of genius ! Even in 1904 Gaudi was thinking of ingenious ideas to allow light into a building. This is a sky light tube inspired by the eye of a fly !

Casa Batllo - The top at the top was designed based on the rib cage of a whale.

Casa Batllo – The top at the top was designed based on the rib cage of a whale.

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