Biomimicry and locality

This week’s epiphany was brought on by the biomimicry presentation done on the LOLA show, which inspired my question as to how smart textiles can benefit the military men and women in combat. Because many of our inspirational ideas come from observing nature, such as the way squid or zebra fish change their skin color to blend-in with their surroundings, this is a perfect starting point for developing “active camouflage” for our troops. The idea that one of our military personnel could seamlessly blend into the surrounding terrain – whether it be desert, water, or a combination or both – is deal due to their ever changing combat situations encountered on a day-to-day basis.
From what was said in the article, they are starting to explore the various ways this type of reaction occurs and put it to use for smart textiles so that everyone can benefit from the knowledge as well as have a “design on demand” that ultimately reduces waste. I would love to learn more about what progress is being made and their availability to both the citizens of our country as well as governmental sectors.

In the BedZed article, it talked about many things such as creating housing with local materials and how much better our carbon footprint would be by reducing our traveling radius at 35 miles – which is roughly our local area here in Stillwater. One of the biggest problems with using this method though is the lack of resources here in Oklahoma: acreage for tree growth is quite limited due to all the cities and buildings. Materials here are quite limited because we’re primarily a beef, wheat and corn state but there were many other sustainable ideas on homes given in the article about making a difference and this is an area that is easier to start on. By making a difference at home and what we put into it, we can then make a difference on our surroundings and local community.

Knowing what I know now, I would like to learn how many of our “downtown” shops could benefit from going local as many of the older buildings are being remodeled (both on the inside and out) and perhaps how it could reflect into their business. I’m also curious as to how we could use these concepts of going local to enhance the sustainability of Interior Design? After this week’s learning I am really interested in how local businesses and sustainability can benefit each other positively.

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