22 January 2010

Nature As A Template

We humans have an impressive catalog of great designers, and maybe when they look for inspiration, they look to nature. The concept of the Trojan horse is as compelling today as it was to Virgil. Modern designers are taking a deeper look at nature to come up with design ideas that will drive technology in the 21st century. Many refer to this "modern" idea as biomimicry.

This picture is of genetically engineered, single celled algae. Why do this? To make nanodevices that deliver drugs, collect solar power, switch on, switch off, and filter stuff.

One site that covers biomimicry this is asknature. It's a good for those interested in following current developments in nature influenced design.

See the similarities in Buckminster Fuller's Geodisc (dual version) and a honeycomb?