Biomimicry

Biomimicry

I just finished reading a book entitled, “Biomimicry, Innovation inspired by nature” by Janine M. Benyus. In the design field, we have been hearing for several years about biomimicry, or copying nature in design and pattern. But this book takes it to a new level. First of all, if you are not familiar with this term, its meaning comes from the Greek ‘bios, life and mimesis, imitation’. More specifically, it is a new science that studies nature and then tries to imitate it or be inspired by it in order to develop designs or solve problems. For example, by having studied the plant leaf, we can now develop more efficient solar cell panels to produce energy for our use. And so, with the onset of the Biomimicry Revolution, we will not be trying to extract from nature, but what can we learn from nature. Instead of dominating it, we are trying to imitate it in a very different approach. Some examples Janine gives of what this revolution might bring to our world are : • Using sun and simple compounds to produce totally biodegradable fibers, ceramics, plastics and chemicals. • Farming would be more like the natural habits that would be self-fertilizing and pest-resistant. • To find new drugs or crops, we could simply look at animals and insects that have used plants for many years to keep healthy and feed. • Computers would mimic nature where software would continue to find solutions, and hardware would use lock-and-key paradigms to perform by touch. You must visit the following website link biomimicry: to explore more fully what is going on all over our world. There is a great video to introduce you to Janine and to all their awesome efforts!

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