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In this seriously tongue-in-cheek Parlor, Creative Strategist Zak Brazen, of Brazenworks Design and Ingenuity Lab, will explore design opportunities for the near future, when plants and animals are your clients. Parlor participants will imagine, prototype and design tools, gadgets and services that give plants and animals the resources they need to cope with climate change in real time.
The December issue is available at http://bioinspired.sinet.ca/content/december-2012-newsletter-issue-92. The newsletter can be read online by clicking on the article titles.
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Best wishes for the holidays!
Marjan Eggermont submitted Zygote Quarterly to Digital Magazine Awards. ZQ has been selected as a finalist in the Science & Nature Magazine of the Year and Magazine Launch of the Year (New Title) categories. ZQ is up against Scientific American and New Scientist in the first category.
Awards for the best magazine in each category will be announced at the Proud Gallery, Camden, London on the afternoon of the 6th December, 2012.
Janine Benyus, a proponent of biomimicry in design and innovation, has won the Design Mind category of the 13th annual National Design Awards program sponsored by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. Benyus is the co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, the global leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, professional training, and educational program and curricula development.
"It has been my privilege and my lifelong passion to bring nature’s wisdom to the people who design our world,” said Benyus. “Being honored by this creative community is a halleluiah moment for biomimicry—a coming of age for nature-inspired design."
The Center [for Biofouling Research at St. Francis Xavier University] is accepting applications for a MSc student to join our group, starting May 15 2012. This position is fully funded at $17,000 for two years, and tuition waivers are also possible. The project will entail a range of observational and experimental approaches to characterize settlement of various marine larvae on designed surfaces.
We are still reviewing applications and have also secured funding from new sponsors so we are renewing our call for applications. See our new flyer with more details about areas of interest for biomimicry research and applications. We will continue to review applications until all fellowships are awarded.
The Cleveland Institute of Art and The University of Akron, in affiliation with The Biomimicry Institute, are launching advanced biomimicry training for PhDs in the Fall of 2012. The partnership brings the disciplines of design, science and business together through the interdisciplinary Integrated Bioscience PhD program at the University of Akron, creating a unique advanced platform for biomimicry research and training.
The book opens with a quote from Buckminster Fuller. "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." From there on in Pawlyn sets out to demonstrate how biomimicry offers architects a whole new system to design by. A system that will produce not only radically more efficient and effective structures, with great savings on material and energy costs, but also stunningly beautiful buildings that will have the 'bilbao effect' wherever they are located.