A Framework for the Application of Biomimicry (adapted from Pedersen Zari, 2007
The site is shaped like a beaver The site is made from a material that mimicks a beavers skin or hair
The site is constructed in the same way as a beaver, ie it goes through various growth cycles.
The site works in the same way as an individual beaver, ie it is semiaquatic and functions in both dry and aquatic environments
The site functions like a beaver in a larger context; their excrement is re introduced to the environment providing nutrients for plantlife
The site looks like it was made by a beaver: a replica of the beavers dam
The site is made from the same materials that a beaver builds with, using twigs and mud as the primary material
The site is made in the same way a beaver would build his lodge or dam, working at night and self built
The site works in the same way as a beavers dam would; covering their lodges with fresh mud, when frozen in winter it becomes hardened
The site functions in the same way that it would if made by beavers; providing both protection against predators and access to food in winter
The site looks like an ecosystem that a termite would live in ie. a riparian zone with stream bed.
The site is made from the same kind of materials found in riparian ecosystems; woodland and water.
The site is assembled in the same way as a (beaver’s) ecosystem; principles of succession and increasing complexity over time
The site works in the same way as a (beaver’s) ecosystem; it captures and converts energy from the sun, and stores water
The site is able to function in the same way that a (beaver’s) ecosystem would and forms part of a complex system by utilising the relationships between processes; it is able to participate in the hydrological, carbon, nitrogen cycles.
Biomimetic Design for Landscape Architecture