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Subject:

Re: I'm looking for areas of research in design for sustainability applying biomimetics

From:

Olga Bogatyreva <[log in to unmask]>

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Engineers and biologists mechanical design list <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 19 Jan 2009 23:57:55 +0000

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There are numerous strategies to use (re-use) of straw, hay, leaves,  
etc. All traditional cultures are saturated with these technologies.  
As for contemporary ones I remember that recently in the UK was  
successfully launched technology of obtaining paper from straw  
(instead of cutting trees!).

Good luck,
Nikolay Bogatyrev

Quoting Samuel Bautista Lazo <[log in to unmask]>:

> Dear all, I would appreciate your wise advice.
>
> I'm a 23 year old PhD student, I just joined the University of   
> Liverpool to do Research in
> Design for Sustainability.
>
> I really want to do something meaningful with my life, my time and   
> energy, that's why I
> ended up doing research in Design for Sustainability.
>
> In my dreams I would like to go even a step further to design and   
> manufacture products
> that heal the environment, I like calling this "Grow-ability"   
> (Growing more of the life
> support systems) mimicking the tree that when it grows it is good,   
> it sequesters carbon,
> it creates oxygen, provides habitat to hundreds of species, and so   
> on and so forth, but
> HOW DO I GET TO THE SPECIFICS? HOW COULD BIOMIMETICS HELP ACHIEVE GROW-
> ABILITY?
>
> From my first survey of the literature I sense that most of the   
> efforts in Biomimetics are
> channeled to the design of functionality in products and that there   
> is less effort put into
> biomimetics applied to eco-design. Is this picture true?
>
>
> My Idea:
>
> I've been thinking that we may be able to design more sustainable   
> products if we can use
> organic "waste" (like  fallen leafs, mowed grass from city parks or   
> fodder from farming
> operations) and transform their fibers into carpets for example, or   
> may be clothing. Is
> this technically possible to do while achieving the level of   
> functionality of conventional
> products? Could we design a sustainable manufacturing process that   
> mimics nature to
> create such type of products?
>
> Thank you very much!
> Samuel
>

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