Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Where Does One Get Good Ideas from for Innovative Design?

nature inspiration for innovative design, biomimicry, pixelization, by wo-built, GTA, Toronto, CanadaCollage: Innovative Design Ideas Inspired by Nature
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Nature is a great inspiration for innovative design – it even has a name: biomimicry. We are not suggesting that all innovative design ideas come from this concept, but looking at nature can be a start. Many plants, animals and their housing have evolved to maximize their suitability for their environment and their function. By transposing some of the principles to our designs we can again push the envelope.

OK, looking at the field of grass and dandelions might not inspire immediate great structural design ideas, but what about the colour choices? And by applying technology – in this case pixelization – another world of imagery is created. All we are suggesting is that we open our eyes to our environment and recognize possibilities.

Another way of looking at innovative design is to use established architectural design ideas in a new fashion. A lot of the "new" green design ideas principles, such as fresh air ventilation, heat sinks and water features for cooling have been around for centuries. The use of technologies such as air-conditioning and fossil fuel heating enabled at least for a short period of time a convenient and efficient alternative. Now we are looking at combining both principles to save our environment. This makes for interesting buildings.

The limiting factor for innovative design is often imagination and the will to create something interesting and unique. Designers and clients both have to be willing to step out of their comfort zone and be courageous.

Martina Ernst
Wo-Built Inc.

link: Biomimicry
"Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems. The term biomimicry and biomimetics come from the Greek words bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate. Other terms often used are bionics, bio-inspiration, and biognosis."
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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