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Biomimicry Design Concepts for Sustainable and Resilient Airport Facilities

Description:

According to the Biomimicry Institute, biomimicry is "an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul". Essentially, biomimicry involves applying the forms and functions found in nature to improve the built environment, materials and products and design. An example of biomimicry is the Eastgate office complex built by Arup Associated in Harare, Zimbabwe. The ventilation system of the building was inspired by the structure of termite mounds. As a result, that building uses 90% less energy for cooling than conventional buildings (Biomimicry Institute). A synthesis project to highlight other examples of how this concept has been applied at airports or similar facilities and the results (from an environmental benefit and cost savings perspective) would be informative for the airport industry. The objective of this project would be to develop a collection of case studies on biomimicry-inspired designs for buildings, transportation systems, products or processes that are applicable to airports, including an assessment of the benefits of these projects compared to conventional design.

Objective:

The objective of this project would be to develop a collection of case studies on biomimicry-inspired designs for buildings, transportation systems, products or processes that are applicable to airports, including an assessment of the benefits of these projects compared to conventional design.

Sponsoring Committee:AV030, Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Date Posted:03/02/2021
Date Modified:03/10/2021
Index Terms:Biology, Structural design, Airports, Sustainable development, Case studies,
Cosponsoring Committees: 
Subjects    
Aviation
Design
Terminals and Facilities
Environment

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