‘To be or not to be,’
Does it pierce our mind anymore? More as a civilization than Prince Hamlet? \
Where are we on the scale of evolution?
Where are we progressing towards?
We certainly don’t know have answer, but we sure do know the solution.
We have returned to nature every time we couldn’t see what’s ahead or perhaps it has dragged us to itself, but we found solace. 

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Our life and lifestyle have been highly influenced by the Industrial revolution. Architecture has also seen aftereffects for the same. Architecture, as the urban design has been compromised in this process of ultimately trying to make it better.

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Cities behave more biologically than technically. This can be easily reflected through the concept of bio mimicking nature on such massive scales. The quantity of individuals embracing biomimicry in various regions around the world is continually developing. Here, practicing biomimicry is bidirectional, between biology and engineering, architecture, or urban design. Researchers, fashioners, engineers, modelers, financial experts, sociologists, business visionaries, and so on, can exploit what nature brings to the table to discover practical arrangements and offer a future open door with regards to an 11 billion worldwide populace.
The need for us, as architects, building the future should take the impacts and requirements into consideration. They are:  

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  • Reliable and versatile framework; 
  • Meeting future natural and security challenges; 
  • Infrastructure improvement to viably meet social, ecological and monetary targets; 
  • Better life-cycle the executives; and 
  • Better efficiencies through interest in the executives. 

On this note, let us not consider biomimicry as a prerogative to structure and form, primarily. The other aspects to be studied are: 

Form/ function: 

The most explicit component of biomimicry is emulating the structure or capacity of regular structures. The essential inquiry related to this degree of examination is ‘What is the plan?’ and requires contemplating the examples, shapes or structures that happen in the regular world and how these can be applied to human structure.

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Process: 

Reproducing the structure or capacity of nature is just a single piece of the biomimicry configuration process. 

A marginally more profound level is mirroring the procedures that happen in nature. The essential inquiry related to this degree of examination is ‘The way is it made?’ and requires considering the compound procedures that nature uses to make. 

System: 

Duplicating the skeletons that happen in nature is the most mind-boggling level of biomimicry. The essential inquiry related to this degree of examination is ‘How can it fit?’ It is fundamental to recollect that in nature nothing exists in disengagement and copying a biological system may require the accompanying contemplations: is it vital, is it part of a feeding food web of enterprises and would it be able to be moved. Different aspects of frameworks may incorporate the utilization for vitality, water and wastewater; and joint arrangement of administrations, for example, transportation, food arrangement and fire concealment.

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The metaphorical approach can be easily found in nature.
It can be understood as: 

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Mycorrhizae fungi – • Communication networks • Movements
Riparian channels – • Green networks • Water purification • Storage • Food • Shelter
Resilient grasslands – • Form and function design • Mixed-use • Shelter • Working with the elements
Desert cactus – • Water storage • Climate change • Protection
Ants and aphids – • Cooperation • Urban farming
Shrill Carder Bee – • Building re-use • Locally sourced materials
Fluid movement through leaf capillaries – • Site planning • Movement 

We have come a long way. Let us pause and rethink our structures of buildings and of the humane boundaries. To realize that it’s high time we should start with biomimicry as an approach, we need embarrassment and acknowledgment of the blunders and wonders we have done.
By doing so, we definitely would be a step closer to Utopia.
“Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature… are laboring in vain”.
– Leonardo Da Vinci 

Author

Sharayu, name of a holy river siding edge of Ayodhya is unknown to many yet exists with significant gravity. A metaphor to this fact is conscious architecture.Being a third-year architecture student pursuing an interest in writing, reading, cosmology and mythology, she aims to augment awareness for the same.

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