Biomimicry Design Toolkit for Tropical Building Facades – An Introduction
Biomimicry Design Toolkit for Tropical Building Facades – Elephant Skin Inspired Facade
bioSEA launched its first biomimicry design toolkit newsletter today to advance the application of biomimicry in the built environment in the tropics.
This initiative is supported by the DesignSingapore Council’s Good Design Research (GDR) initiative and specifically addresses thermal comfort for tropical building facades.
Our second Biomimicry Design Toolkit newsletter was delivered on 29 April. Focused on the termite mounds, it showcases how cool termite mounds are and how they have inspired bioSEA and the team to design a unique wall panel ventilation system.
#2 Termite Mounds
Learn about how elephants’ textured skin helps them stay cool despite them not having sweat glands. This has helped us design textured facades that reduce incident radiation on building wall panels.
#3 Elephant skin
Our fourth newsletter talks about how the elephant ears go beyond hearing. Ears also help elephants keep cool. Learn more about how we are working to mimic these strategies and create double bioskin facades.
#4 Elephant ear
Learn how we are mimicking the desert beetle’s strategy to create better water-capture building facades.
#5 Desert beetle
Learn about a series of cool outreach events that the bioSEA team was involved in conjunction with the Singapore Design Week 2022! These included a biomimicry design workshop and the launch of our biomimicry toolkit introductory video.
#6 Singapore Design Week (2022)
Learn more about the launch event for the Biomimicry Design Toolkit and how you can get involved in planning and organising future biomimicry events!
#7 Launch of the Biomimicry Design Toolkit
Watch our feature on how termites can help cool our buildings in tropical Singapore in Singapore’s Channel News Asia TV show Mind Blown: Nature.
Read how Good Design Research is supporting local designers by marrying research and design.
Good Design Research
Watch our work featured on termite mound-inspired 3D printed wall panels in Singapore’s Channel News Asia TV show Why it Matters: Nature to the rescue. With Zheng Kai of SUTD and Munshi Toh, bioSEA conceived breathable wall panels that can improve building ventilation.
Why It Matters?
Read about the processes and inspiration behind the creation of the Biomimicry Design Toolkit
Elephant Skin Inspires Cooler Buildings
Read about the launch of the Biomimicry Design Toolkit and what it aspires to achieve.
Biomimicry Design Toolkit
Read about existing innovations inspired by nature and bioSEA’s homebrewed biomimicry projects.
Learning from Nature to Build Better