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Student work completed while taking the course PMB 190: How Would Nature Do That? at UC Berkeley. The design project entailed designing a researc… Read More
Student work completed while taking the course PMB 190: How Would Nature Do That? at UC Berkeley. The design project entailed designing a research greenhouse to be bio-inspired. Read Less
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Team Members: Nairi Hartooni and Nima Rejali
Advised by: Tom McKeag and Lewis Feldman, UC Berkeley
 
As part of the course PMB 190: How Would Nature Do That?, I participated in a project to design a research greenhouse to be bio-inspired. This course introduced students to principles and examples of biomimicry. As part of the course project, the class toured a research greenhouse and studied its current performance as well as its design shortcomings. My team's final design was inspired by the lithops, hercules beetle, prairie dog, balloon fish, and lobster. Our design's features include: 
 
* Networked temperature control system
* Passive ventilation
* Renewable energy sources such as solar panels
* Smart glass technology that reduces energy costs
* Two growth chambers with a structural design that allows for maximum harnessing of sunlight
 
Below are the presentation boards for this project.
On October 13, 2011, student work from this course was on display at the Cal Academy of Sciences Nighlife.