Biomimicry: Creative and Practical
We shared our accomplishments in our midterm presentation, and received a lot of positive feedback and criticisms. Our new approach is to match our creativity with practical aspects of the design so we will research size of the greenhouse, the exact location, pricing and funding, different materials as well as natural systems for heating, cooling, water and moisture. We will also focus more on these natural systems, rather than just the design itself, for example, a living wall, ponds, and natural heat capture. We are also going to continue researching biomimicry and methods to incorporate it into our designs. As well, we will look into information on the pros and cons of attaching the greenhouse to the present eco-house and all the requirements needed to make that happen. Next Tuesday, we have planned to have a scale model created, as well as all the research on biomimicry completed, and potential materials and pricing, as well as mind mapping of natural heating, cooling and water. We have also scheduled another meeting on this day with Jennifer Willet to showcase all our new research and designs.
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What is New With the Greenhouse Team?
In the past week, our team has prepared themselves for the upcoming presentation. We have continued to work on multiple aspects of researching such as, different greenhouse sketches influenced by bio architectural designs, greenhouse functions of energy efficiency technology, and funding research. Secondly, our team was able to meet with Jennifer Willet and Rod Strickland to discuss what we have accomplished so far. They were able to provide feedback about certain aspects of our work. Jennifer suggested that we should look at certain natural functions of objects or animals that we had previously chosen to implement into our greenhouse designs and include them into our final structure. For example, examine how the object is able to catch the sun, use energy, catch moisture, and catch heat and include it in our final design. She was able to give us certain designs that she is most interested in such as, spinal infrastructure, geodesic dome, and snaky shell. Finally, as a group, we have decided that our next step is to create new designs that are able to function in a more natural manner, make models of them, and be able to present these new designs to Jennifer and Rod in a two week period.