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BIOMIMICRY

Design Innovation Inspired by Nature

BIOMIMICRY
/bʌɪəʊˈmɪmɪkri/

(noun)

The design and production of materials, structures, and/or systems that are modelled on and inspired by biological entities and processes.


Do you have a nature-inspired design in architecture, design, fashion or technology?

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Then we want to see it!


Intro

“Look deep into Nature and then you will understand everything better.”

- Albert Einstein

 

Nature is the ultimate designer.

Resourceful, ingenious, sustainable, beautiful; Nature is a true teacher in innovation.

Some of the brightest minds in history – from Leonardo da Vinci to Albert Einstein – have been inspired and guided by its systems and creations. Some of mankind’s biggest inventions have come from observing nature’s variety and insightful ways of working and solving problems.

Today, we face a world of challenges in our society. For designers, challenges become opportunities to innovate. But in an era of renewed urgency towards a more sustainable future, how can nature inspire the next generation of designers?

This is where Biomimicry in design really comes into its own.

Defined by the Biomimicry Institute as; “an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies”, Biomimicry can be seen as one of the most fascinating and important methodology a designer can adopt today.

Nature is a balanced ecosystem. By studying its designs, one can extract clever ways of problem solving, which we – as humans – can then translate into our own contexts. Because this is a way of emulating natural processes, Biomimicry assures a more sustainable approach to man-made change; one that is much more in sync with the world we inhabit.

Flight, aerodynamics, green energy, fractal designs and advances in material technology are but a small fraction of things we have learnt from studying nature’s creations and the systems behind them.

Inspiration is everywhere in nature. Whether we can seek it in its beauty or find it in its functionality, Biomimicry in design always leads to fascinating outcomes!

“Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature,

a mistress above all masters,

are labouring in vain.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Focus

We invite you – thinkers, architects, designers, artists, academics and visionaries from around the world – to imagine innovative projects in the fields  of Architecture, Technology, Design, and Fashion inspired by Nature.

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PLEASE NOTE:
This section does not represent a full Brief, but should be seen as an introductory synopsis on the focus of this competition. A full, in-depth PDF competition brief will be 
accessible and downloadable after registration.

Aims

You are in control to determine what this represents to you.
Here are some guidelines to get you started in the right direction…

1)  Designs should showcase Biomimicry practices in either form, function or both.

2)  Projects should clearly show the link between the outcome and the natural inspiration behind it.

3)  Entries are not limited to conceptual ideas. They can also be works in progress or prototypes
which the entrant is currently developing or has recently produced.

4)  You can chose to work in multiple fields (architecture, product design, fashion, technology,
materials, etc) and scales (from tiny to extra large) for your entry.

5)  Think outside the box! Your design has to be inspired by nature –  true  – but this does not
necessarily mean it has to look like the object. An example would be Photovoltaic Cells, inspired
by leaves and their power to transform solar energy into food through photosynthesis.


VOTING CRITERIA: The jury will be asked to asses each project through a set of criteria, being: concept, execution, feasibility/potential, innovation, aesthetics, presentation.


Submission

x2 A1 sheets and 500 words explanatory text per team. Physical models are optional but encouraged. Projects to be submitted online by the 11th March 2017 by 11AM (UK Time).

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Jury

Meet our panel of world class experts and fellow designers!

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Andrea Verenini

Eleven Magazine

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Andrea Verenini

Eleven Magazine

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Marko Brajovic

Atelier Marko Brajovic

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Marko Brajovic

Atelier Marko Brajovic

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Alexander Walter

Editor, Archinect + Bustler (USA)

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Alexander Walter

Editor, Archinect + Bustler (USA)

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Jan Utzon

Director, Utzon Associates Architects (Denmark)

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Jan Utzon

Director, Utzon Associates Architects (Denmark)

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Richard James MacCowan

Biomimicry UK (UK)

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Richard James MacCowan

Biomimicry UK (UK)

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Timothy McGee

LikoLab (USA)

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Timothy McGee

LikoLab (USA)

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Yaniv Peer

Exploration Architecture (UK)

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Yaniv Peer

Exploration Architecture (UK)

The 8th Judge

This is you! We will be exhibiting all of the submissions on our website and give the general public the chance to vote for their favourites. The entry that will accumulate more online votes will win the People’s Choice Award and £100!

Fees

  • Early Bird: £60 per team
  • Standard: £80 per team
  • Late Bloomer: £100 per team

Please Note:
Maximum 4 people per team, one submission per entry fee.

Schedule

  • 11 October 2016: Eleven’s first Biomimicry competition is officially announced.
  • 11 November: Competition opens for registration. Early Bird discounted fee applies.
  • 1 December: Early Bird discounted fee ends. Standard Registration fee applies.
  • 1 March 2017: Standard Registration fee ends. Late fee applies.
  • 11 March @ 11AM (UK Time): Competition closes. All entries are due for submission!
  • 14 March: Public voting opens online for People’s Choice Award.
  • 09 May: Public voting closes online for People’s Choice Award.
  • 11 May: Winners are announced! Time to celebrate!

Awards

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Winner

£2,000 cash prize (per team)

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners.

Induction in Eleven’s Hall of Fame.

Invited to take part as jury member in our next competition OR One Free Entry Voucher for future Eleven competitions.

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Runner-up

£400 cash prize (per team)

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners.

One Free Entry Voucher for future Eleven competitions (x1).

Honourable Mentions

No cash prize (boo)… but lots of glory nonetheless (yay)!

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners

One Free Entry Voucher for future Eleven competitions.

People's Choice

£100 cash prize (per team)

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners.

Induction in Eleven’s Hall of Fame + Free Entry Voucher for future Eleven competitions.

Competition Sponsors, Friends & Official Media Partners

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FAQ

  • Q1: Who can register?
  • A1: Anyone is welcome to register- students and professional alike. If you have an idea and want to share it, then join in the challenge!
  • Q2: How many people are allowed per team?
  • A2: A maximum of four people are allowed per team.
  • Q3: How many projects can one team submit? 
  • A3: There is one project per entry required. Teams who wish to compete with multiple designs can register their team multiple times.
  • Q4: Where can I access the full brief? 
  • A4: A full PDF brief, containing all of the competition materials and detailed information, will be accessible once you register for the competition. If you have any questions about the brief or the competition prior to entering, please email a member of our team on info@eleven-magazine.com. Be sure to put ‘BIOMIMICRY’ as the subject line the email so that we can prioritise your response and get to you quicker.
  • Q5: When do we have to give you the names of all the members of the team? Before or after the payment of the fee?
  • A5: After. You can add/remove/update your team members through your competition portal, which you will gain access to after you register. You will be able to amend this until the day you submit your project.
  • Q6: How do I submit my work?
  • A6: Online through your competition portal, which you get access to once you register. More information about submission criteria is found on the competition brief which you will receive access to once you register… so don’t leave your registration to the last minute!
  • Q7: How do I register for the competition?
  • A7: It’s easy! Simply click on JOIN and follow the instructions. Please note that you will have to have an account with Eleven before you register, but this takes 2 minutes to do and is 100% FREE. We value our user community and your privacy. All account details are strictly confidential.
  • Q8: What forms of payment do you accept?
  • A8: You can either pay directly with your PayPal account or with your Credit/Debit card. This will give you instant access. Alternatively, we also accept Bank Transfers, but in this case your registration will be activated as soon as payments clear in our account only. This may take 5-7 days from when you instruct your bank, so if you are planning to pay via Bank Transfer, please leave yourself plenty of time.