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Week 15 - Fjord

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

Week 15: Macro UX Research Fjord Brief: Design a way to enhance working life using light Team: Aarushi, Melanie, Lee and Yuki


We further researched on the biomimicry strategies found in nature to develop sustainable solutions to human challenges. It encouraged us to think about the broader ecosystem that we are designing for. It gave us a different line of thought to take the project forward.


Example of Biomimicry and light:

Tia Kharrat has designed an architectural structure based on the eggs of a rare butterfly species. Kharrat initially designed the structure to house a butterfly enclosure, although she later explored other uses. The design takes its cues from the geometry of the eggs of the White Royal, an endangered species of Singaporean butterfly (Mairs, 2020).

The panels are perforated to allow light to filter into the structure from all angles, creating a suitable habitat for butterflies. Kharrat particularly wanted to raise awareness of the dwindling numbers of White Royal butteries in the world and to push for conservation.

Photo from dezeen.com


We furthermore researched on biomimicry and found various different examples including fireflies, butterflies, algae etc. Following is the nanoscale structure of Morpho wings, scientists are now developing thermal sensors based on the same to improve not only response speed and thermal sensitivity but also to reduce the pixel size (Smith, 2020).

Copyright Radislav A. Potyrailo


We looked at various natural models, sustainable design solutions and eco-friendly design principles that adapt and evolve. We thought of designing to initiate thinking and allowing people to reflect on their actions rather than designing to solve problems. We also looked at the Golden spiral and Fibonacci Series to gain a deeper understanding of their value in nature and in our everyday life (Neimark, 2011).


Illustration courtesy of Biomimicry Guild. Shedroff, Nathan. 2009


Our generation is almost like sunflowers facing the sun, whereas in our case, our digital screens are acting like our Sun, we are inclined towards them and involved with them so much that some of us don't even enjoy the beautiful world around us.

In one of the studies, we even found that humans are bioluminescent (Hrala, 2016).


References:


Hrala, J., 2016.You Can't See It, But Humans Actually Glow With Our Own Form Of Bioluminescence. [online] ScienceAlert. Available at: <https://www.sciencealert.com/you-can-t-see-it-but-humans-actually-glow-in-visible-light>


Mairs, J., 2020.Tia Kharrat Designs Butterfly House Mimics The Insects' Eggs. [online] Dezeen. Available at: <https://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/28/tia-kharrat-university-westminster-architecture-graduate-butterfly-enclosure-formation-eggs-biomimicry/>


Neimark, G., 2011.The Secret Spiral. New York: Aladdin.


Smith, C., 2020.Biomimicry And Photonics - Terrapin Bright Green. [online] Terrapin Bright Green. Available at: <https://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/blog/2014/06/biomimicry-photonics/>.


Bibliography:


Hrala, J., 2016.You Can't See It, But Humans Actually Glow With Our Own Form Of Bioluminescence. [online] ScienceAlert. Available at: <https://www.sciencealert.com/you-can-t-see-it-but-humans-actually-glow-in-visible-light>


Higgs, E., 2003.Nature By Design. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.


Mairs, J., 2020.Tia Kharrat Designs Butterfly House Mimics The Insects' Eggs. [online] Dezeen. Available at: <https://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/28/tia-kharrat-university-westminster-architecture-graduate-butterfly-enclosure-formation-eggs-biomimicry/>

Neimark, G., 2011.The Secret Spiral. New York: Aladdin.

Smith, C., 2020.Biomimicry And Photonics - Terrapin Bright Green. [online] Terrapin Bright Green. Available at: <https://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/blog/2014/06/biomimicry-photonics/>.

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