Bio-mimicry in India

As time goes on, more and more people are turning to bio-mimicry for innovative and more sustainable developments around the world. Bio-mimicry is nothing knew however. Airplanes and cars for example are modeled after rain drops, which form air foils after a given amount of time in flight. The idea is that the flatter the surface, the less surface is that can be affected by the drag force caused by the wind. Cities too are creating new projects centered toward bio-mimicry. For example, the city of Lavasa in India has begun cascading roofs to catch rainwater. In doing this they are imitating forest canopies.

Another major project going on in India is the planning of an entire city based on bio-mimicry. The design firm HOK has plans to build an entire industrial city solely using bio-mimicry. The firm has gotten many different companies to help provide resources for the major project which shows that the project is no joke. India as a country suffers from many underdeveloped areas, where many have a lack of resources. Underdeveloped areas tend to suffer from an adequate source of income, therefore these areas will suffer from pollution given that they gain access to energy. However, there are many areas in India doing their share in attempting to become more green. Lavasa is an example as is the TERI program going on in India. This new city however would be the largest project and would be fully centered around bio-mimicry. The large scale project however has its drawbacks. The design firm has stated that wind and solar power will only account for 5% of its energy usage at first, but hopes to become completely energy independent 50 years after its creation. Some examples of use of bio-mimicry within the city would be the use of catch basins, check dams, and living roofs to collect the rain water in order to help irrigate all of the farms in the area.

The project at this point seems very farfetched, but if it can be achieved, they would be able to reduce the carbon footprint while also providing energy to all of its residents if it can successfully become energy independent. While India’s economy is growing at a fast rate, the country still suffers a lot from poverty. An innovative project like this could further improve the economic state of the country.




2 thoughts on “Bio-mimicry in India

  1. Seeing projects like this are encouraging, yet like you said it does seem difficult to actually achieve its goals because it is a large-scale project. I wonder if India is implementing any other bio-mimicry projects in larger cities like Mumbai or Delhi, which are already consider mega-cities.


  2. I like the idea of bio-mimicry in India. As you mentioned, India’s lack of resources greatly contribute to the reason why India is still a developing country. A new city focused around bio-mimicry could certainly help shine light in this area. Funding to advance such a large scale project with positive results could create more opportunities in India or other countries.


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