Introduction For a country to be able to excel economically, it needs to be able to sustain its citizen by providing adequate amount of sustenance, fresh water, and livable environment. To do so we need to come up with a plan on how African communities can use their resources and with the help of recent studies to provide the daily needs of the people such as water, and food, while maintaining a clean environment. What is environmental sustainability? This is a question that has brought many different answers over the years, and as we learned more about our surroundings, we have improved our way of living. A simple definition of sustainability is the ability of a society to conserve an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of its natural resources. Biomimicry architecture, architecture that mimics nature, could be a cheaper alternative to constructing sustainable buildings in rapidly developing countries. The scope of my paper examines contemporary design of sustainable buildings and the traditional methods of African tribes building a sustainable community while highlighting specific designs that incorporate inexpensive yet durable materials. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and process to solve human problems. Studying a leaf to invent better solar cell is an example. I think of it as ‘innovation inspired by nature’” (Benyus) I. Water and Food First I will start by explaining what Biomimicry is, “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)” (Benyus) is a new discipline that studies nature's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. There are many ways I could approach my topic, but the topics that I will talk about are: the power of shape how we can learn from natural shapes to help us designing buildings, another way is solar transformation it is how species use energy from the sun to warm up during the winter for instance. The last one would be “Ecosystems that grow food and fertility” (Benyus) learn from species on how they adapt to their surroundings in order to provide food for themselves. Why Biomimicry? Nature has the answer; Biomimicry takes nature’s input to improve our way of life. How can architectures build a new sustainable world by learning from nature? Sometimes the design of a building is overshadowed by the more complex technicalities of the building. One of the new ways for designing a sustainable building is to study how species work in their environment and translates that knowledge into design by mimicking those patterns for behavior. In an article written by Michael Pawlyn he gives us one of many examples of how we can use nature to build an efficient building. He also gives us an example of a project that his group had been working on in Sahara, Africa. “Studying pollen grains and radiolaria and carbon molecules helped us devise the most efficient structural solution using hexagons and pentagons.” (Pawlyn). Radiolarias are very small unicellular protozoa that live in the Ocean. Radiolarias are known for their strong skeleton structures that mostly have various hexagonal shapes; but also have a striking resemblance to building structures, which encourages us to learn more about their potential importance to architectural design. Radiolarias skeletal structure is so strong that the rocks formed from the deposits of radiolarias at the bottom of the ocean were once used by Egyptians to build the great pyramids. Just like radiolarias, in building designing we can build structures with bizarre but appealing shapes that would still have a sturdy and lightweight structure. The Eden Project of Cornwall, UK is the largest greenhouse in the world that was inspired by the hexagonal structure of a radiolaria’s skeleton. The Eden Project was built
Jessica N. Gillespie
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The Speech I am going to analysis was when I was in my last year in senior school back in England the speaker’s name is Eva Schloss she is from Austria and is also Anne Frank’s Stepsister. She talks about her life story on surviving the Holocaust and the difficulties she had to face to survive such as the death of her brother and father. It was probably the most touching and amazing story I have ever heard, it really made me appreciate life a lot more and be thankful for what we have. “Eva Schloss…
Thesis: Charters are innovative, creative and have positive academic rewards upon students
A. In 1988, Ray Budde felt that something needed to be done to improve the public education system in the United States
B. This idea took hold when the American Federation of Teachers adopted the idea and set up the first “Charter Schools” in Minnesota in 1991
C. Thesis: Charters are innovative, creative and have positive academic rewards upon students
II. What is a Charter School
there could be a few drivers that come to mind. For me, one specific driver stands out far beyond the rest. It is none other than the dreaded senior citizen driver. So today, I am here to argue that seniors - over the age of 70 - should not be allowed to drive.
The first premise supporting my argument that seniors should not be allowed to drive is that seniors experience a decline in their overall physical health. Experts and research have concluded over the years that there are major physical factors…
Political Science 461 – Senior Thesis in Political Science
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The new research question that I am going to go with is, Does the content in rap music mirror the trends in public activity, specifically in California and New York. I will probably be altering that question a little as I do more research, but the elements are going to stay the same. I want to examine to what extent…
Although Hassan’s father is willing to kidnap his son’s teacher in exchange of his son’s opportunity of stay in the school, Maureen is a better parent because she treats her daughter with more respect, consideration, and
Theme-----Maureen is a better parent because she let her daughter makes her own decision and style of living.
Topic sentence----- In contrast with Hassan’s father’s parenting style, Maureen is definitely a better parent because she respects her daughter…
high school I took all the honors English classes and this culminated my senior year when I took SUPA English. SUPA, which stands for Syracuse University Project Advance is a program through Syracuse University with which they take high school teachers and train them to teach their course, sending them to conferences and various means of training. So I took Syracuse Universities WRT 105 and ETS 142 over the course of my senior year. The class was small about 14 students which provided a very lucrative…
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The Holocaust: Premeditated!?
The murder of 15 to 25 million political prisoners, ethnic minorities, and especially Jewish Europeans by the Nazis stands out as the most extreme, brutal, and chilling manifestations of fascist doctrines of aggression, nationalism, racialism, and totalitarianism. The holocaust is one of the most shocking events in world history that sparked an intense debate by scholars who sought to understand how such a terrible…