Biomimetic Design Lab

Newsletter

2013-09-15

 

In this edition we inform you about:

  1. BiDL's Establishment and Web page

  2. 2013-2014 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge

  3. Biomimicry Specialist to be visiting instructor in D&I

  4. BiDL's first Public Event

 

1.) BiDL's Establishment

 

The D&I and Tongji have a new pioneer of sustainability: The BiDL. BiDL stands for Biomimetic Design Lab and is pronounced like a 'beetle'. The BiDL team uses the new approach of Biomimicry to foster sustainable design. That means, we try to study the sustainable survival strategies of natural organisms and apply them to human designs, artifacts and systems.

Thus BiDL is an academic research, exchange and design platform for all creators interested in biomimetic, healthy and sustainable creation. BiDL's first achievement is a small but growing web page full of helpful links and information for students, teachers and designers who want to create sustainable innovation in design.

If you want to check us out and learn about our goals and activities, discover what biomimicry is, how to practice it, who applies it already and how you can learn it and get involved, then visit us at: bidl.tongji.edu.cn

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2.) 2013-14 Biomimicry Design Challenge: Sustainable Transport

Join the Tongji team! We intend to revolutionize Transportation in Shanghai!

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Each autumn, the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute facilitates a Biomimicry Student Design Challenge focused on a real-world problem. This year it's TRANSPORTATION (see official webpage here). The design challenge invites college students to work collaboratively in teams to apply biomimicry concepts and tools to arrive at a sustainable and innovative design solution.

The Challenge is open to any student worldwide who is enrolled in a certificate or degree program. Teams must include at least two individuals, maximum six. Interdisciplinary teams and a faculty and/or professional mentor are highly encouraged.

Because most students have not been trained in biomimicry, the Challenge is conducted as a self-directed learning opportunity. The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute (USA) provides videos, lectures, access to Biologists at the Design Table (BaTDs), and other resources to support the teams.

BiDL is arranging interdisciplinary Tongji Teams to win a prize! If you can commit at least half a day per week this semester and are interested in studying a new approach to sustainability, join us!

Please send us an email with your CV and an explanation on why and how you want to join and which half day per week you will be at the team's disposal (total 100 characters) to leipushi@tongji.edu.cn.

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3.) Seema Anand to be visiting instructor in D&I

 

Ms. Anand has attended the accredited 8-month Biomimicry Specialist course two years ago. She is one of only two accredited Biomimicry Specialist in Asia, certified by the Biomimicry3.8 Institute (USA). Ms. Anand has already led a Biomimicry day in Fall 2012 in our D&I during the IDEA Design Lab and has proven her invaluable and inspiring expertise. BiDL thus invited her for a longer period in order to teach our students as well as our faculty.

As shown in the table below, she will be involved in teaching bachelors, masters and even the public and teachers.

Make sure you do not miss her knowledge of sustainability and innovation! Contact us here

Schedule for Seema Anand's Biomimicry Teaching Module at D&I Tongji, October 2013

   

Time that Seema will be in D&I

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2. BiDL's first Public Event

Open Forum

How can Biomimicry benefit China now?
Localizing a Nature-Inspired Approach for Sustainable Innovation

Biomimicry is a fast-emerging, cross-disciplinary science and engineering practice. It studies and emulates concepts from the natural world to create more sustainable technologies, methods, products and designs. It is incredibly inspiring and appears to be one of the few promising approaches to resolve the real causes of human society’s sustainability problems. Many trades and businesses start discovering this USA-born approach to conceive better products, services and environments.

Join us for an inspiring afternoon to discover biomimicry and to boost your innovation and creation capability!

 

Saturday, October 26, 2013,
13:00-18:00

Speakers:   (subject to change)

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name

position

institution

location

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Mr. GUO Guangpu

PhD, Animal Biology

TJ School of Life Sciences & Technology

Shanghai

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Ms. Katja MARTINI

Senior Associate, LEED AP

AEDAS

Hong Kong

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Mr. Pius LEUBA

Co-Director BiDL

TJ School of Design & Innovation

Shanghai

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Ms. Seema ANAND

Certified Biomimicry Specialist

R.V. College of Engineering

Bangalore

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Ms. SiYao HE

Sustainability Solutions Manager Asia

Interface Pte Ltd

Singapore

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Mr. Unoda JOHN

Independent Biologist and Biomimicry Researcher

Hong Kong

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Ms. ZHU Xiaocun

Co-Director BiDL

TJ School of Design & Innovation

Shanghai


Program:   (subject to change)

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topic

description

speaker

13:00

13:10

Registration & Seat allocation

 

 

13:10

13:15

Welcome Address

 

Pius LEUBA, BiDL

13:15

13:45

Humans' Place in Nature

We are one species of many, we are young, and we are not the first to innovate

Pius LEUBA, BiDL

13:45

14:10

Nature’s Genius

Natural cells, organisms and chemistry

Unoda JOHN, Biologist

14:10

14:35

Animal Survival Strategies

Animals and their amazing strategies for sustainable survival

GUO Guangpu, TJ School of Life Sciences and Technology

14:35

15:05

What is Biomimicry?

Philosophy, goals and examples of Biomimicry and Biomimetic Design

Seema ANAND, Biomimicry Specialist, India

15:05

15:25

Coffee Break

 

 

15:25

15:45

Biomimetics for Business Innovation

Using principles of biomimicry for inspiration and creation of innovative products and services offered in the market today.

SiYao HE, InterFace Pte Ltd

15:45

16:05

Biomimetic Conception

Adapting Architecture: Biomimicry Applications in the built environment.

Katja MARTINI, associate director architect, AEDAS, HK

16:05

16:25

China Input

Bamboo’s survival strategies

ZHU Xiaocun, BiDL

16:25

16:35

Group Formation

 

 

16:35

17:05

Group Brainstorming

Groups disperse to create biomimetic strategies for China

Group leaders

17:05

17:45

Group Presentations

Group presentations and discussion

Group leaders

17:45

18:00

Conclusion

Summary of presented strategies, information about further activities & events

Pius LEUBA, BiDL

 

 

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