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Biomimicry and Termite Mounds

Posted on: Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I recently wrote a piece for Inhabitat on biomimicry and energy-efficient architectural design. 'Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds' can be read at the following link. Here is an excerpt from the introduction:"The Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, typifies the best of green architecture and ecologically sensitive adaptation. The country’s largest office and shopping complex is an architectural marvel in its use of biomimicry principles. The mid-rise building, designed by architect Mick Pearce in conjunction with engineers at Arup Associates, has no conventional air-conditioning or heating, yet stays regulated year round with dramatically less energy consumption using design methods inspired by indigenous Zimbabwean masonry and the self-cooling mounds of African termites.."


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