Author: Diana Montoya Cabanillas
Diana Montoya Cabanillas (2009)
Innovation has always been a concern for any designer. In this research
project, an approach to develop a product drives the experience to a
different level. The study of natural features from the perspective of the
Biomimicry methodology is presented. The work’s contribution can be of
relevant impact to the design processes.
Biomimicry methodology considers a series of steps: it starts by performing a
research throughout nature, then continues with observation and
experimentation. Once this has been accomplished, it considers the
analysis and processing of information, followed by abstraction and
conceptualization of ideas. Finally, the result is often the application of
innovations in technology.
In this study natural models are explored from the perspective of the
biomimicry methodology, specifically roots systems from terrestrial plants.
The exploratory work led to the extraction of principles, functions, and forms
from roots. These were then comprised into a table considered as a design
tool for generation of ideas as well as methodology to use it. An
application is demonstrated through a case study. In the last chapters a
discussion of the use of this design tool for other problems is presented.