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Biomimicry of school of fish for community windstorm design
Author(s): Brandon Enbody; Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto
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Paper Abstract

Cities are built and designed to encompass many considerations and needs. When compared to multi-celled organisms, single structures imitate individual cells while communities and cities embody the organisms. For the organism to survive and thrive, all of its individual cells need to operate together. Appropriately, the next step in civic smart design is to apply smart organization to benefit a community’s collective ability to survive storms rather than simply its pieces. This paper presents a design method for the protection of communities from severe windstorm events. The design method is inspired by the biomimicry of the school of fish. The method of smart organization for fluid survivability is inspired by aquatic life and school of fish. Some of the identified adaptations to marine life include the layout of a community in terms of spacing between building structures, the shape of the overall community and roof systems that can be designed mimicking the school of the fish cross-section. This paper presents seven adaptations that have been identified from fluid-structure envelope design (nano-level) to single building structure geometry (micro-level) to community layout design (macro-level).

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2019
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10965, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication IX, 109650A (13 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2514133
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Brandon Enbody, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10965:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication IX
Raúl J. Martín-Palma; Mato Knez; Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Editor(s)

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