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...The secret of being able to do this for all buildings is to be to reproduce the complex structure that enables termites to do this. So, our thinking is that if you can somehow replace impermeable walls with these kinds of structures that can actually tune the inconvenient energy that's in turbulent wind, then you're opening the door to, I think, a revolution to the way we think about wind technology. You can have not only ventilation for free in any building, but we're working on designs that can enable the control of humidity, perhaps even wind-powered air conditioning in ordinary buildings. So, mainly by exploiting this untapped band of wind energy that's out there.There are more than a few people interested in the connections between animal nests and human architecture. They met up earlier this fall at "From Insect Nest to Human Architecture," a conference in Venice sponsored by the European Center for Living Technology. Biomimicry used to mean fasteners modeled on gecko's feet--now it goes large scale.
Eastgate Center in Harare, by architect Mick Pearce, which already is putting termite engineering principles to work, and this fascinating design by visionary and pioneer of "evolutionary architecture" Eugene Tsui for a two-mile high building that looks an awful lot like a termite mound. If filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki designed buildings, I think they might look something like this.