Learning from Termites

We often think that termites destroy buildings and not help construct them, however, the Eastgate Building located in Harare, Zimbabwe is able to cool itself without a source of energy. The Eastgate Building, designed by Mick Pearce modeled the building after the self-cooling termite mounds of Macrotermes michaelseni that are able to maintain temperatures within the mound. These intelligent constantly open and close a series of heating and cooling vents by creating new holes within the mound and covering old ones to regulate temperature. The Eastgate Centre mimicked this strategy by having a collection of naturally hot air at the top and cool air at the bottom. Opening and closing these air vents circulates the air flow of the building and consistently maintains consistent temperatures in Africa

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Justin In

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