Snail-Inspired Design Wins First Prize in Biomimicry Student Design Challenge

Using the desert snail as inspiration for their design, a team of students from the Art Institute of Isfahan in Iran took the top prize of $5,000 in the third annual Biomimicry Student Design Challenge, organized by the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute. The team conceived of a building that makes use of self-shading, surface reflection, and insulation to create a livable habitat rather than relying on air conditioning. The second place award of $1,500 went to a team from the University of Latvia for a sunlight-induced shading system that mimics how flowers and stomata open and close. The third place prize of $750 went to a team from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. They designed click-on facade panels that can insulate existing buildings using snow. A Norwegian team from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences won the Autodesk Sustainability Award, a $500 prize for showcasing how resources from the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop were utilized in their design process.

Congratulations to the winning teams, and to the 47 other groups around the globe that submitted proposals for the design challenge. The level of creativity and talent was truly impressive! Special thanks to Merck Family Fund and Autodesk for funding this year’s Challenge.

To view all submissions, visit the 2011 Gallery, linked in the menu at the left.



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