Imagine a world in which scientists, engineers, designers, artisans and organizational specialists could leverage a shared body of knowledge and processes derived from empirical research on natural systems. In such a future world, designers would not only have access to novel solutions and solution pathways to practical problems, but would also be encouraged to contribute solutions to the far-reaching social, economic and environmental challenges we face.
But how could we create such a world? What are the key barriers today? Who needs to be involved? What are the next steps? The attached article by the BID Community Think Tank explores the current landscape of design inspired by nature and proposes developing a common ground based on a preliminary set of characteristics. As the acknowledgements in the article indicate, it has already received broad support from a wide range of reviewers.
The next step is planning one or more workshops to build a consensus and turn the characteristics in a set of actions. The goal is to collectively learn more (verified information, validated methods, deeper insights) and do more (greater confidence to act, more opportunities to make a difference), increasing the vitality and credibility of our emerging field. If you want to be part of this journey, please contact us at
b3d [at] sinet [dot] ca
Norbert Hoeller, Ashok Goel, Catalina Freixas, Randall Anway, Antony Upward, Filippo Salustri, Janice McDougall and Kamelia Miteva
The attached file is a preprint of the article published in:
Zygote Quarterly, issue 7, pages 134-145