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Resource Guide – Biomimicry


SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY:
| Biomimicry |


DEFINITION OF BIOMIMICRY

Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems.
[http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/about-us/what-is-biomimicry.html]

” …innovation process encouraging the transfer of ideas, concepts and strategies inspired from the living world, with the objective of designing human applications aiming at a sustainable development.”
[http://www.biomimicryeuropa.org/about/what-is-biomimicry]

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems.
[http://www.reading.ac.uk/biomimetics/about.htm]

BIOMIMICRY RESOURCES

    • Biomimicry.net
      Janine M. Benyus is an author and guru on the subject of biomimicry. This website is built around the concepts as a resource to help spread the ideas.
    • AskNature.Org is a great website that allows you to fill in the blank for the question “How would nature ……”.  Not only will you get a number of answers , but you will also get a list of practical applications being used by companies today.
    • Biomimicry Engineering
      Feature articles on biomimicry companies and their contributions from Fast Company
    • The Biomimicry Guild
      A consulting service that uses the principles of biomimicry for business solutions
    • Michael Pawlyn gave an excellent talk on how the genius of nature influences architectural design.  He has worked on an impressive number of projects such as the Eden Project and the SaharaForestProject.

  • Jakki Mohr has given a number of talks about the use of Biomimicry and practical applications being used by companies such as IBM, Kraft, AutoDesk, Boeing, Nike, GE, IDEO, and others

 

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