Biomimetics | Essay Series

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Posted on: November 28th, 2021

Biomimetics | Essay Series

‘Biomimetics’ is a theme that is part of the contest series ArchWeekly, a new brand of journal competitions inviting participants to engage in critical conversations on selected themes from several disciplines of architecture and design.

Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating natural patterns and strategies. We mimic these strategies found in nature to solve human design solutions in every field. Biomimetic architecture uses nature as its source of inspiration for its aesthetic resemblance as well as for its functional principles. The inspiration can be as simple as a form and as complex as an ecosystem.

Humans have managed to address mimicry in architecture over years. It intersects biology and technology in buildings at many levels.

The brief aims to open a dialogue to foster nature inspired solutions in architecture through stories, accounts or even observations.

 

 

Questions

  1. What is biomimetic architecture? 

Designers search for inspirations to solve their design problems. Some of these inspirations can be from nature. How does the design mimic nature? What are the philosophies and principles? How is biomimicry used in architecture? How does it imitate the ecosystem?

  1. What are the steps to implement biomimetic architecture? 

Having a keen understanding of the topic and its principles will provide an opportunity to explore its hidden aspects. How to apply the explored knowledge to the design? How to approach biomimetics? How to explore it as an aesthetic and functional inspiration?

 

  1. List and explore some examples of biomimicry in architecture?

Designers have designed various typologies of buildings by taking nature as the source of inspiration. What type of building designs are based on this concept? What are the techniques used? How are they used? What is its inspiration?

 

  1. Why is it important to learn about biomimicry?

It expands a possibility of how nature and its principles can parallelly be applied to the architectural design. How to select the source of inspiration? How to achieve sustainability through biomimicry?

 

  1. What are the limitations/ restrictions in its application?

How is the research and application to design is premature? (Eg. Use of biomimicry for aesthetic purpose).

 

  1. What is the future of design in biomimicry? 

For a balanced and efficient environment, nature and architecture should go hand in hand. Nature is evolving and so are its principles. What are these evolving design principles? How will technology contribute to biomimetic architecture in future?

 

Eligibility

  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate only as an individual in the ArchWeekly program. Co-authoring essays is not allowed.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.
  • Anybody working with UNI or associated with us are not eligible to participate or receive awards in competitions hosted on UNI. That includes currently working employees at UNI, jury members, community moderators or contract agencies, and their direct relatives.

Base Rules

  • You can submit more than one project under a single theme, but the entries have to be registered separately.
  • You can submit entries for multiple themes under ArchWeekly at the same time, but the registration for each theme must be done separately.
  • Participants can submit content submitted/published previously on any other website. The copyrights to the article must be owned by the participant.
  • Your submission as part of any competition is linked to your UNI user account which stands as your identification, we do not have any identification codes. Hence, your submission should not include any form of identification or personal information such as your names, organization, city, etc.
  • A single participant is eligible to win multiple awards in the ArchWeekly program.
  • The official language of the competitions is English.
  • If there are any changes in competition brief or schedule, they shall be updated on the website.
  • When you register for a competition, you are automatically agreeing to the terms and conditions of UNI.

Deliverables

Participants shall deliver a written article of about 1000 – 1500 words with no more than 3 images, in a cohesive piece that answers the above questions or arguments presented. A cover of size [2000px x 1000px] must also be uploaded with the writing submission.

The images must be copyright free or the participant must own the rights of the images used.

Series Schedule

ArchWeekly’ is a journal series organised by UNI, consisting of a set number of contests being released to discuss various themes in architecture and design. All participants are invited to take part in as many contests as they can and take their chances at winning exciting prizes.

The subjects for discussion in the field are countless, but we have tried to narrow it down to these specific themes. Each theme has been carefully curated to initiate conversation on a weekly basis. All the themes for 12 weeks are being released at once, to give participants the opportunity to explore and start work on their preferred themes at the same time.

We invite participants to submit written content relevant to these subjects:

  1. History of Architecture
  2. Women in Architecture
  3. Furniture Design
  4. Architecture for Healing
  5. Recycled Architecture and Adaptive Reuse
  6. Resilient Architecture
  7. Travel and Architecture
  8. Night Architecture
  9. Temporary Architecture
  10. Place Making
  11. Biomimetics
  12. Future of CIties

The last date for submission is 31st January 2022. Entries can be submitted anytime before this deadline (Check Schedule). Participants can partake in multiple contests of ArchWeekly i.e. all 12 themes that have been released, but registration for each contest must be done separately.

There is no maximum limit for the number of competitions that participants can register for. The registration for ArchWeekly contests is free. The awards and schedule details are provided in respective tabs and participants are required to take a look at these sections to find submission deadlines and prizes.

 

Submission Guidelines

 

Participants have the freedom to choose any type of submission mentioned above as long as the content is relevant to the theme. The content should be around 1000-1500 words. Participants can combine the above submission types if they wish to do so. They can use images (no more than 3) to supplement the content written.

 

  • Ensure that the final sheets submitted do not include your name or any other mark of identification.
  • Citations of quotes, content or images must be included at the end of the written submission. References will not be included in the word count.
  • Submit JPEG images only.
  • Self promotion is permitted i.e content covering personal works can be submitted as an entry. Do not present the content as an advertisement or commercial post/spam.
  • Copyright responsibility of the submitted content is with the author.
  • If participants refer to any existing work like text, theory, images, or ideas, in their entries, giving due credit is mandatory. Otherwise, it will be counted as plagiarism.
  • Content that may be hurtful, discriminatory or defamatory will be removed from the site. Explicit content will not be tolerated on the website. If a writer posts content that violates our terms or goes against our guidelines, we will remove the post and contact the writer when necessary.

 

 

Judging Criteria

 

The judging criteria will have equal importance on Subject, Audience, Relevance and creativity. Along with this emphasis would be given on organization of the thoughts. As these are story driven evaluation benchmarks, the judging criteria are only able to provide a subjective understanding of the parameters. The holistic nature of articles will generally prevail over objective evaluation criteria.

The Jury for ArchWeekly will involve the multi-disciplinary editorial team at UNI. For the grand jury, UNI is hosting a network of respected academicians and experts who can provide their insights on every subject. They are passionate about writing and the role of documented research in the architecture and design fields.

Important dates

  • Registration deadline: 31st January 2022
  • Submission deadline: 20th January 2022
  • Result announcement: 25th February 2022

 

All deadlines are 6:30 GMT +5.

 

Jury

To be announced.

 

For further details visit the website.

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