Announcing the 2021 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Finalists

“When living in Delft, one of our team-members experienced the immense effects of skyglow from greenhouses. Here, the nights always seemed like dusk or dawn, never night. While working on this design challenge we realized that, sadly, only two group members have ever actually experienced the beauty of the Milky Way. Confronted with the night sky, we create perspective, reflecting on our place in the universe, and therefore in nature. We want to create a world where everyone can once again be inspired by the stars, every night.” — Team DELight
“One of our biggest findings in the process is that the answers to humidity management and sunlight harvesting are hidden in the species that live in tropical or subtropical arid ecoregions. These humbling lessons have inspired the mechanisms of our design. By participating in the challenge, we became more conscious of how to not only make use of what nature provides us with, but also become participants of the nature around us.” — Team DRYLGAE
“Our design sustains the surrounding river ecology, such as fish and all water creatures including aquatic plants, with the local residents by improving the ecology of the river. Local residents can have closer contact with the ecology while also learning about the watershed space and improvements in resource efficiency.” — Team E-Colant.Net
“Nature only uses the energy it needs, and relies on freely available energy. Following this principle, our design incorporates a passive ventilation system that uses airflow and pressure gradients. Following the principle that nature also tends to optimize rather than maximize, we hope to not only be able to provide water to people, but also to help replenish groundwater.” — Team ECO-Serve
“The energy transition worldwide is not advancing at the rate necessary to meet the UN’s 2050 climate agreement. The ENTR webbing system is designed to create a cooperative and regenerative strategy that innovation hubs can implement to create mutualistic relationship networks and learn from each other’s previous pathways. Despite being tested in the Netherlands, ENTR’s strategy could be applied in any scenario and countries seeking to make the energy transition.” — Team ENTR
“This biomimicry challenge allowed us as a team to explore the different characteristics inside Colombia’s tropical dry forest, as a unique ecosystem in the world. Nature inspired our architectural projects, leading us to new strategies that are more efficient and friendly to the environment around us.” — Team Hydro-Canopy Facade System
“As architects sometimes we focus on design and traditional construction aspects and tend to forget about nature’s simple solutions. We were touched by the struggle of the communities of rural Colombia, and how sometimes those problems are related to mistreating our ecosystems. All the materials utilized to fabricate our bricks are biodegradable, non toxic, therefore our footprint on the ecosystem is minimal, a relief when it comes to construction which is a very polluting industry.” — Team INSU-RAM
“This challenge provided a great competition platform of… not merely a design concept but also a philosophy of life, an efficient problem-solving methodology and the essential rules of nature. No matter which domains you are in, a biomimetic design mindset can definitely help to boost your career or educational goals… BGDC is truly a life-changing experience for Team MicroBergy!” — Team MicroBergy
“The Biomimicry challenge made us observe nature and search for patterns more intensively. The challenge also reinforced our belief that relevant innovation with social and environmental impact can be created by learning from nature. We would like to make bio-inspired algorithms an integral part of our daily work. For that, we need to spend much more time in nature.” — Team MOL
“Our model captures pollutants at the source, thereby creating better air quality in underground environments. The most important component of our design is circularity. Our hydrogels are made of waste products of another industry and the harmful pollutants can be captured and used as fertilizer or other purposes. By sticking to nature’s way of design, we ensure that our “waste” products will not be dangerous for living organisms, and can even be used by plants.” — Team PURAERA
“The physical constraints of Tumana’s urban fabric (dense population, narrow vehicular roads, and sidewalks) do not allow for an effective redesign for flood prevention. As such, modular furniture is the most efficient way of helping the residents. It is space-saving and can be utilized all year round. The Re-Leaf considers safety of the residents, particularly flood relief, and also serves them in their day-to-day activities. It’s sustainable in that it is highly reusable and efficient. It serves as protection, as well as a tool for leisure and livelihood.” — Team Re-Leaf
“We aim to inspire the community to think creatively about how and where to apply the paint. While our solution begins on walls, the possibilities expand to other surfaces, such as benches, bus stops, railings, and more. We hope that in the future, buildings, cars, and all types of city elements change with the weather to better adapt to the growing concerns of climate change. Even more importantly, we hope this shift evolves from the decisions and voices of the most vulnerable communities.” — Team Zooza

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