Smart clothing or smart skin was designed by looking at the biomimicry mechanoreceptor and how it functions and creating a fabric that had all the same functions in a thin reacting fabric. The fabric uses thermal sensing to regulate the body. The scientist used inspiration from animals, one animal I thought was interesting to learn about was the dolphin. The dolphin has ridges on its skin that help it retain energy when swimming and help it move without enormous energy loss like humans have when swimming. Using the characteristics of the animals to create designs that are sustainable is a definition of biomimicry. I believe that these examples are all around us and biomimicry is just applying them to every day designs.
One type of biophilia is designing with nature. A way of being sustainable and using bipphilia design is using bamboo. Bamboo grows way faster than traditional wood used to build houses. Elora Hardy builds houses in Bali with bamboo. These houses are strong and the bamboo is hollow so it is easy to lift. The houses were unique because bamboo Is not a generic size. They put together the design like a puzzle finding a piece of bamboo that was about the right size and flexible enough to be put into a position that was the same as the tiny model bamboo home. Eloras mother and father were also architects and her father helps her by planting bamboo and harvest it. Bamboo is a very sustainable way of building. In India they are creating bamboo toothbrushes, because plastic is a huge waste why not create a toothbrush that doesn’t create waste but can be biodegradable. In India they have also created edible spoons. Edible silverware is a great idea since we are already eating anyway why not eat the silverware instead of wasting a plastic utensil or wasting water to clean one. We need more people to think outside the box in a simplistic way to take something everyone does and create it out of one material that doesn’t harm the environment to create or to dispose of.
Biophilia is designing with nature or using nature as an inspiration when designing. One way of doing that is having a direct visual connection with nature by implementing it into a building, living area or work space. Putting a tree in the middle of a building or having a stream run through the building. Using water is another way to incorporate nature into design. The slide I thought was interesting was a tunnel walk way that was open above so the person walking below could look up. In between the two walls at the top was a huge boulder that was held up by two smaller concrete blocks. The people had to walk under the boulder to walk through the tunnel. Building like this is designing with risk or peril. Its amazing to me to see that, it creates a little excitement to your day, makes you ask questions like why? And how? Designing like that is so creative and yet so simple. Appealing to human’s sense of fear, trust, concern, and leave them wondering. I was most interested with that method of designing in a biophilic sense.
TED talks about the principals of design one was closing the loop which I believe is very important to the apparel industry. 68 pounds of clothing per person gets throw away each year. That’s a lot of chemicals and textiles in landfills. Some people might say well I take mine to Good Will or Salvation Army like I would argue, but really do we know who gets it from there? Or where it goes? Closing the loop in the fashion industry companies would need to be working directly with a factory that recycles fabrics then turning those unwanted fabrics into a new garment piece in the window display. Upcycling is also a term that gets thrown around when talking about fashion recycling. Upcycling can take those pair of jeans and creating a jacket, or an old skirt and shirt into a summer dress. There are many ways you can upcycle your clothes without sewing also, if you type in Pinterest upcycling clothing tons of ideas and do it yourself ideas pop up. Dematerialization is a concept of never actually owning a piece of clothing. The customer would lease a garment to another customer and that customer would have it for a period of time. If the customer wanted they could pay for it but if not the garment continues in the cycle until it is no longer wanted, then it is exchanged for another garment.
Bamboo is a great way to use sustainable materials and like in class it was said that you can use bamboo for everything. My idea is not to change our lifestyle and cause humans to actual work to recycle. That would be way to hard to convince people that what they are doing is wrong. So instead create cups, boxes, bottles, and trash bags with bamboo. That way you don’t have to count on everyone to do their part for the environment, if they all use biodegradable materials then the landfills would eventually decrease the amount of trash on the land and it would biodegrade to help replenish the environment. My sketch is a cycle of a bamboo trash bag. The cycle is not a closed loop one it is a cradle to grave cycle but the material will not cause harm to the environment when it is disposed.