Exploring a biomimicry based approach and key barriers to evolving water infrastructure systems

Kenny, Jillian, Kumar, Arun, & Desha, Cheryl (2013) Exploring a biomimicry based approach and key barriers to evolving water infrastructure systems. In SEng 2013 Conference, 18-20 September 2013, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia.


Access to clean water is essential for human life and a critical issue facing much of modern society, especially as a result of the 21st Century triad of challenges – population growth, resource scarcity and pollution – which contribute to the rising complexity of providing adequate access to this essential resource for large parts of society. As such, there is now an increasing need for innovative solutions to source, treat and distribute water to cities across the globe. This position paper explores biomimicry – emulating natural form, function, process and systems – as an alternative and sustainable design approach to traditional water infrastructure systems. The key barriers to innovations such as biomimicry are summarised, indicating that regulatory and economic grounds are some of the major hindrances to integrating alternative design approaches in the water sector in developed countries. This paper examines some of the benefits of moving past these barriers to develop sustainable, efficient and resilient solutions that provide adequate access to water in the face of contemporary challenges.

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ID Code: 70175
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Biomimicry, design, infrastructure, innovation, nature, sustainability, water
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Deposited On: 15 Apr 2014 04:10
Last Modified: 20 May 2014 01:46

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