Science, technology, and innovation have always been at the forefront of the humans ability to evolve and create societies that are known as urban. With an ever increasing urban population around the world it is imperative that sustainable and innovative strategies are practiced in building the cities of the future.
When people think of an urban environment they usually visualize a society with a dense population and enormous buildings in the center of it all. While that’s the case for most cities, looking into construction buildings that are far more sustainable than our current infrastructure is important when talking about rebuilding or creating new structures.
Biomimicry is an important field when it comes to making our society more efficient. This field practices enhancing our everyday lives through mimicking the efficiency of our natural environment. Methods of biomimicry in urban innovation include designing buildings after natural structures in the world. For example, The East Gate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe has no conventional air-conditioning or heating but stays at a regulated temp year round and uses far less energy. This structure was inspired by the self-cooling mounds of African Termites. The termites are able to keep a constant temperature by constantly opening and closing vents throughout the mound. There are no limits to what the imagination can come up with when inspired by nature.
The use of biomimicry in architecture can address the environment for it can respect the environment and learn from it and stop using old methods that hurt the environment. It can also address the efficient use of energy such as the example of the termite mound structure. If we can build structures that can naturally give us our modern comfort with little to no energy then it would benefit the environment and a persons pocket.