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Form, function, and process-based inspiration from biology in design. Biomimetics, bionics and bio-inspired technology. Students will be required to study models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. Top-down and bottom-up design processed in bio-inspired design. Understand bio-inspired design and its relationship to matauranga Maori. Systematic identification of key aspects of biological design as found in living systems and organisms taken from scientific literature. Transfer of biological terms into technology based design requirements in fields including locomotion, air- and hydrodynamics, anti-fouling, architecture, adhesion, swarm intelligence and energy recovery. Students will be asked to study existing examples and develop their own individual design based on a specific living organism.
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