We develop an ecological vision for the site that is restorative and aims to improve its biodiversity value beyond that of its original state. This is implemented using curated green and blue strategies that are context-appropriate, ecologically meaningful, biodiverse and climate resilient whilst balancing human needs.
The performance gain is assessed using well-established ecological indicators.
We have an extensive network of ecologists and conservationists that have an in-depth understanding of ecology and are able to engage with local communities when necessary to achieve a shared ecological vision.
Illustration commissioned by bioSEA
Biodiversity Survey & Impact Assessment
We conduct rigorous biodiversity surveys to quantify the number and type of species found at a site, focusing on key biodiversity groups such as mammals, birds, bats, frogs, butterflies & other insects, plants. This is followed by robust statistical analyses to predict the true number of species that could be inhabiting the site. Surveys can be conducted at the pre-construction phase to provide crucial evidence-backed interventions during the design process while post-construction surveys help assess the ecological success of your design.
We can evaluate impact assessment reports and develop a long-term biodiversity monitoring and impact mitigation strategy so that you can be assured that the animals and plants on site are protected and continue to thrive.
Honey bees are important pollinators for urban and forested landscapes
Ecosystem Service Assessment
We calculate key ecosystem services provided by the greenery and water bodies on site that are most relevant to the design such as air filtration, air temperature regulation, noise reduction, erosion control and carbon uptake and sequestration.
We can provide a comparison of these results with that of a pristine forest (baseline scenario) and minimum compliant (business-as-usual scenario), in the same climate regime so that you get to know how your proposal compares with nature’s design and a typical built design in the vicinity.
These benefits can inform clients on how they can quantitatively achieve environmental benefits in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals by providing cleaner water, air and soil.
Illustration commissioned by bioSEA
Refer to the Dixie Mall project for details.
Social Impact Assessment
Greenery and water are good for wildlife but how does it impact people? This is a pivotal question in today’s built environment. We answer this by engaging a range of stakeholders from residents to visitors at your site to understand their perceptions of green spaces and motivations for frequenting the site.
Families engaged at the community garden on the rooftop of Kampung Admiralty through signboards, medicinal plant scents and visual cues.
Wildlife Infrastructure Design
Instead of separating the urban and natural environment, we guide the design and integration of appropriate ecological infrastructure to enable co-existence between human and the wild. This includes designing wildlife crossings such as eco-bridges, rope bridges and creating supplemental habitats such as bird nest boxes and bee hotels to facilitate wildlife movement between sites and create homes for biodiversity in built environments.
A wildlife crossing designed by bioSEA to improve connectivity along Bukit Timah Road in Singapore.
Biomimicry in Architecture
Biomimicry involves the design and production of materials, structures or systems that mimic strategies, traits and processes found in nature. Put simply, it is design inspired by nature.
We consult architects and urban planners on the most relevant natural design strategies. We believe that buildings of today can be more sustainable with biomimicry.
Our team is trained in mimicking nature’s time-tested strategies to solve your most vexing built design problems. This happens best when engaged in the project’s design phase, to develop innovative building forms and patterns.
Because there is no framework for this kind of thinking in Southeast Asia, we are developing a toolkit to model tropical rainforest strategies in architecture for more efficient and sustainable tropical living.
Biomimicry can be applied at multiple scales on a building from facade design, cooling systems to space programming. Illustration commissioned by bioSEA.
1 = mimicking termite mounds for efficient cooling;
2 = mimicking chameleon’s skin for an interactive façade;
3 = mimicking UV patterns similar to a spider web on glass facades to prevent bird collisions;
4 = mimicking the structures on a lotus leaf to create self-cleaning facades.
Trainings & Workshops
To us, education is the passport to the future. We teach workshops and courses ranging from half-day to semester-long in-depth modules on ecology and biomimicry for architects and designers. These can be a combination of classroom sessions, nature excursions, site visits, teamwork, and experiential learning. We also love to integrate learning with play by creating physical learning spaces that can be nature-inspired aka ecology and biomimicry corners.
Ministry of Education teachers’ biomimicry training workshop.
Biomimicry Flight Workshop at Kranji Marsh