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What is biomimicry?
Biomimicry is an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. Read “A Biomimicry Primer” by Janine Benyus.
AskNature is the world’s most comprehensive catalog of nature’s solutions to human design challenges. This curated online library features free information on more than 1,800 (and growing!) natural phenomena and hundreds of bio-inspired applications.
Think of AskNature as your home habitat. Whether you're a designer, architect, engineer, or chemist looking for life-friendly solutions to a design challenge or a biologist who wants to share what you know about an amazing organism, AskNature is where biology and design cross-pollinate, so bio-inspired breakthroughs can be born.
The Biomimicry Institute is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 to promote the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, and to bring together teachers, students, scientists, engineers, architects, and innovators who can use natural models to create sustainable technologies. The Institute’s mission is to empower people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet.
Is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world.
Magazine with biomimicry inspirations and ideas.
Created for adult students with a variety of academic backgrounds, MCAD’s master of arts in sustainable design is pushing the sustainability envelope with its innovative structure and rigorous coursework.
Biomimetics [Bionik] is the strategic search for nature’s solutions in order to gain innovation. Intrinsic to “design” in nature are efficiency and intelligence. The hypothesis underlying this strategy is that living nature has evolved in a process of continuing adaptation to a complex changing environment, and that the exploitation of highly optimised solutions is likely to deliver innovations, that provide more intelligence and better efficiency than our standard methods.
Biomimicry San Diego is a local organization working to bring the biomimicry approach to innovation and human problem solving.
The Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Best Practices contains over 250 pages of our most current biomimicry thinking, methodology, and tools for naturalizing biomimicry into the culture. We believe there is no better design partner than nature. But biomimicry is more than just looking at the shape of a flower or dragonfly and becoming newly inspired; it’s a methodology that’s being used by some of the biggest companies and innovative universities in the world. While reading this text you’ll be immersed into the world of Biomimicry the “verb”, you’ll gain a competitive edge, and a fresh perspective on how the world around us can, does, and should work. After reading the text, you’ll be well on your way to thinking in systems, designing in context, identifying patterns, and most importantly seeing the millions of organisms around us….differently.
We will consider several themes from nature concerning the manufacture of materials in order to recommend new approaches to material selection for the most common SLA printer resins. Additive manufacturing shows great promise for making things in a way that more closely resembles natural form, but some of the below strategies are worth investigating to reduce or eliminate toxicity and to make more functional products.
Bioinspiration & Biomimetics is celebrating 10 years of publication. To mark this occasion we have selected a paper from each year of publication that could be regarded as the most influential published in the journal that year. We believe this collection demonstrates the quality and variety of the research published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics and the depth of the field of biomimetics, which continues to go from strength to strength. We look forward to the next 10 years of publication and the exciting new research that will emerge. The papers are all free to read throughout 2016. We hope you enjoy reading them!