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Findings of Case-Study Analysis: System-Level Biomimicry in Built-Environment Design

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Griffith University Cities Research Institute, Brisbane 4111, Australia
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Queensland University of Technology, Institute for Future Environments, Brisbane 4000, Australia
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Biomimetics 2019, 4(4), 73; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics4040073
Received: 23 September 2019 / Revised: 22 October 2019 / Accepted: 30 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomimicry and Sustainable Urban Design)
Complex systems challenges like those facing 21st-century humanity, require system-level solutions that avoid siloed or unnecessarily narrow responses. System-level biomimicry aims to identify and adopt design approaches that have been developed and refined within ecosystems over 3.8 billion years of evolution. While not new, system-level biomimetic solutions have been less widely applied in urban design than the ‘form’ and ‘process’ level counterparts. This paper explores insights from a selection of system-level case studies in the built environment, using meta-analysis to investigate common challenges and priorities from these projects to support knowledge-sharing and continued development in the field. Using a grounded research approach, common themes are distilled, and findings presented regarding success and barriers to implementation and scaling. Considering the findings, and drawing on complex adaptive systems theory, the paper posits opportunities to facilitate broader implementation and mainstreaming of system-level biomimetic design approaches in the built environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomimicry; built environment; infrastructure; systems; ecological performance standards biomimicry; built environment; infrastructure; systems; ecological performance standards
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Hayes, S.; Desha, C.; Gibbs, M. Findings of Case-Study Analysis: System-Level Biomimicry in Built-Environment Design. Biomimetics 2019, 4, 73.

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