Creating Resilence By Following Nature's Lead. Thoughts on Biomimicry » Biomimicry » Rhizome Blog » Biohabitats Inc. When faced with a design challenges, we ask a lot of questions.
Biomimicry: Emulating Nature’s Genius. While looking for her just-published book in a bookstore, biologist Janine M.
Benyus was asked by the clerk what it was about. She responded instinctually, head swimming with all the ideas she had worked with while writing. “It’s about looking to nature for inspiration for new inventions,” she blurted. “It’s learning to live gracefully on this planet by consciously emulating life’s genius. A SEED BANK OF INSPIRATION. Biomimicry: using nature's designs to transform agriculture. From lab-grown burgers to farms monitored by sensors and drones, technology lies at the heart of many of today’s sustainable food solutions.
Now, the Biomimicry Institute, a Montana-based nonprofit, is taking the trend a step further with its new Food Systems Design Challenge, encouraging a cadre of entrepreneurs to improve the food production system by emulating techniques and processes found in nature. At the SXSW Eco conference earlier this month, the institute announced the eight finalists in the challenge. “We want to help foster bringing more biomimetic designs to market … to show that biomimicry is a viable and essential design methodology to create a more regenerative and sustainable world,” said Megan Schuknect, the institute’s director of design challenges. Just as natural processes often benefit multiple stakeholders, many competitors in the challenge are seeking to solve multiple problems. How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation. How nature says it. Biomimicry - Lifes Principles. Nature has some pretty high quality control standards!
What this tells us is that there must be some very powerful strategies for survival embedded in the 30 million species that exist on earth today. In other words, the species thriving today are the success stories. In trying to identify and emulate the strategies these successful creatures share, Life’s Principles provide us with important tools for strategic design. Biomimicry. Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways.
Enjoy! Before attending Columbia University for her Masters in Architecture, Los Angeles-based architect Doris Kim Sung took a fairly non-traditional approach to becoming an architect: she was a biologist. Naturally then, Sung’s architectural work tends to take inspiration from the biological world, particularly in the way she experiments and innovates with materials.
Much of her work involves thermal bimetals, a material that expands and contracts with temperature swings; it can even act as a sun shade and ventilation system, without the need for electricity. The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration? The ants and termites that make their homes in the desert are all ultra-social, spending their days coordinating carefully to build elaborate mounds and nests, farm fungus, herd aphids, and work together in busy cities—much like we do.
How the Natural World has Helped Influence Culture and Society. Biophiles (lovers of life, to save you googling) around the world may relish the sights, smells and sounds that nature provides us, but many of us probably take for granted just how profoundly some aspects of the natural world have impacted our culture and society throughout history.
To showcase some of the weird and wonderful ways nature has influenced the human race, the London Natural History Museum has teamed up with BBC Radio 4 to produce a fantastical series for your learning pleasure. IFLScience has been picking at some of the museum’s brilliant brains to give you a snippet of some of the awesome examples to come, and here they are: How Brambles Help Forensic Investigations Starting off on a rather grim topic, but did you know that brambles, those prickly shrubs that bring to us delicious blackberries and raspberries, can be used to help murder enquiries or suspicious death cases? Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action. Biomimicry NYC » Crafting the Ultimate Post-Industrial Design Brief Using Biomimicry. By Adiel Gavish “What the industrial age has done is take life away from the planet and turn it into goods and services,” Paul Hawken stated at the 2014 VERGE Conference in San Francisco this past December.
The annual event put on by Joel Makower, a former Biomimicry 3.8 Board Member and GreenBiz.com brings corporations and entrepreneurs together around the convergence of energy, buildings and transportation technologies which will “…enable radical efficiencies and huge opportunities.” Mr. Makower interviewed both Janine Benyus and Paul Hawken around the idea of “running the industrial age backwards” and how nature can teach us how to undo the damage caused by unraveling the fabric of Earth’s balanced resources.
According to Paul Hawken the Industrial Age essentially takes “…concentrated materials, primarily from the lithosphere — and from the biosphere — and disperses them everywhere on the planet: in the oceans, in our atmosphere, in our air, lungs and everywhere else.” Mr. Janine Benyus: Biomimicry's surprising lessons from nature's engineers. BIOMIMICRY. Biomimicry is a 20-minute film featuring Janine Benyus.
It premiered at SXSWEco to a standing ovation and is now being screened around the world in theaters. Biomimicry will appear on LinkTV this winter and is available to the public on social media. Biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges, has inspired a film about it's ground-breaking vision for creating a long-term, sustainable world. This film covers how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water; and gives Janine the space to explain these subtle yet powerful solutions. Six Ways Bio-Inspired Design is Reshaping the Future. Biomimicry: How Nature Inspired Today’s Technology. Technology and nature have traditionally been viewed as divergent forces – technology often has been a means of creating objects or energies that do not naturally occur in our surrounding environment.
However, new approaches to product and technology development such as biomimicry and generative design have turned begun to reverse that trend. Generative design is the process of taking the framework of an idea and translating it into a set of rules, which are then interpreted by a high-powered computer. By simulating thousands of variations using high-powered computing, this process mimics the natural process of evolution. Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer at Autodesk, describes the generative design process, “Machine-learning algorithms in computers can now detect patterns inherent in millions of 3D models and generate taxonomies without direction or intervention by humans.”
How Biomimicry Works. Submarines of the future speed through the water with the help of wiggling fish fins. Biomimicry in Architecture.