Special Issue "Biomimetics from Concept to Reality"

A special issue of Biomimetics (ISSN 2313-7673).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Julian Vincent
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Nature Inspired Manufacturing Centre, School of Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Interests: biology, materials, fracture mechanics, biomimetics, entomology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last 20 years or so, I have several times been asked to write a comprehensive review of biomimetics. I have resisted, because there were no effective tools giving access to biological solutions for technologists and too few examples of successful implementation of technical concepts and functions derived from biology. It seems that the initial bubble of excitement has given way to a more thoughtful approach, largely because it takes so long (10 to 15 years, perhaps) to turn an idea into a technical reality. Also, in that time the topic areas have broadened out, and more people are involved.

So, I feel no guilt or embarrassment (when did that ever happen?) in continuing to resist writing such a review, since I am no longer able to cover such a wide field with competence. Indeed, it concerns biology, physiology, chemistry, materials, surfaces, medicine, robotics, mathematics, design, engineering and, I suppose, sales and marketing. These topics all have a part to play.

There is another closed loop here, because the first journal called Biomimetics was published in the early 1990s by Plenum, edited by myself and Professor Srinivasan. It was, of course, too early on the scene and foundered. This time around it is all coming together.

Prof. Dr. Julian Vincent
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • materials
  • medicine
  • mathematics
  • design
  • engineering

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Enabling Biomimetic Place-Based Design at Scale
Biomimetics 2020, 5(2), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics5020021 - 18 May 2020
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Amidst the inter-related challenges of climate change, resource scarcity, and population growth, the built environment must be designed in a way that recognises its role in shaping and being shaped by complex social and ecological systems. This includes avoiding the degradation of living [...] Read more.
Amidst the inter-related challenges of climate change, resource scarcity, and population growth, the built environment must be designed in a way that recognises its role in shaping and being shaped by complex social and ecological systems. This includes avoiding the degradation of living systems in the design and construction of buildings and infrastructure, as well as enhancing the built environment’s resilience to disturbance by those systems. This paper explores the potential for biomimetic place-based design (BPD) to inform resilient and regenerative built environment outcomes by learning from local ecosystems. One recognised hurdle is the upfront resourcing required to establish the biomimetic knowledge base for each project. However, conducting BPD projects at-scale (i.e., city or region) can improve the method’s value-proposition by better leveraging upfront research efforts, design concepts, and strategies. This research identifies existing barriers to the widespread adoption of BPD and presents an action framework for capability-building across industry, government, and academia to enable application at-scale. Drawing on findings from workshops in the USA and Australia, it creates a resource for colleagues looking to apply BPD in a city or region and offers next steps for research and development. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomimetics from Concept to Reality)
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