An emerging approach for sustainable solutions to human challenges is to emulate nature’s time-tested phenomena, patterns and principles. This process, often referred to as biomimicry, seeks out and incorporates lessons learned over nature’s 3.8 billion years of innovation.
This methodology can be a great source for inspiration when designing tiny. Applications in rain water harvesting, heat-dissipating surfaces, energy creation, and even collective resource generation through intentional pocket-neighborhood master planning and more all have their place. Simply put, nature has already figured out how to live synergistically with it’s environment, we only need to get out of our own way to see this.
Like nature, we need resilient, zero-energy, zero-waste, regenerative environments that are aware, responsive and can learn to adapt to their occupants and surroundings. Why can’t tiny homes be a part of this too!
I posit that biomimicry in the built environment is a wellspring for the tiny home movement. It’s just going to take the voice and guidance of nature to be heard, moreover the skills of listening from the people to see this perspective an usher it into fruition.
A few examples to get the gears turning…
Wastewater Mitigation and Reuse – John Todd Ecological Design = wastewater treatment through purposeful treatment solutions using plants (Pocket Neighborhood Integration)
Energy-Sharing Micro-Grids – Based on the collective energy sharing of most all ecosystem types this method of collaborative consumption creates resilient self-sufficient communities. (www.philogic.co)
Super-Superior Materials – (the mollusk shell!) Could be used on anything from roofing shingles, windows, and trailer structures.
It’s as strong as steel and tough as a bulletproof vest, capable of withstanding the same amount of pressure it takes to turn carbon into a diamond. Scientists have discovered nature’s newest strongest material, and it comes from … a sea snail.