Technology by nature – November 2011

img1_C-Wall 2The perceptible phenomena primarily depend on the operation of microscopic structures that constitute the intimate nature of everything around us. From this idea Biomimetics was born, a discipline that studies the systems and processes of nature as a model for the development of technological as biological solutions.

The first example is the invention of Velcro in 1948 by the Swiss chemist George Mestral, starting from the hooked shape of the cocklebur seeds that were clinging to his pants after a walk; or the self-cleaning coatings for exteriors that take inspiration from the surface of lotus leaves.

But Biomimetics is also a thinking approach towards finding “sustainable” solutions inspired by functioning of nature. All natural systems, in fact, meet certain basic principles. In particular, they are based on closed cycles that exclude the formation of waste: everything is reused and redeployed through cooperation and interdependence relations.

In the case of products based on this principle, when no longer used and become waste, they must have the conditions to become a new resource, to be non-toxic and recyclable and thus sustainable. Imitating nature, in this case, means not only to take hold of his suggestions using them to its disadvantage, but to reproduce it in order to respect its intimate working.

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