5 natural air-conditioning designs inspired by nature

The high electricity consumption for air-conditioning is a problem that a new group of designers are trying to solve by mimicking Mother Nature's craftiness.
Janine Benyus, a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of the book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, thinks that copying the way plants and animals solve natural problems can provide many benefits, from environmental sustainability to economic efficiency.

As a result, more and more firms are turning to biomimicry, a new science that studies nature's models in order to solve human problems.

These 5 designers suggest using the lessons of biomimicry and applying them to the problem of air-conditioning: ventilation inspired by termites, countercurrent-heat exchange inspired by birds, moisture absorption inspired by ticks, efficient fans inspired by tornadoes and whirlpools and finally, efficient fans inspired by whale flippers.