biomimicry

Regenerative Design and Ecosystem Biomimicry (Dr Maibritt Pedersen Zari)

This book examines and defines the field of biomimicry for sustainable built environment design and goes on to translate ecological knowledge into practical methodologies for architectural and urban design that can proactively respond to climate change and biodiversity loss. These methods are tested and exemplified through a series of case studies of existing cities in a variety of climates. Regenerative Urban Design and Ecosystem Biomimicry will be of great interest to students, professionals and researchers of architecture, urban design, ecology, and environmental studies, as well as those interested in the interdisciplinary study of sustainability, ecology and urbanism.

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Engineering A Startup #18: Using Nature to Save Nature

What if startup ideas grew on trees, or fell out of the sky? That’s literally the case for Ryan Church, who is a champion of biomimetic innovation, a design philosophy for solving problems by turning to the natural world for inspiration. He happened to be watching falling maple seeds, and ended up solving one of the biggest challenges in wind turbine design.

This podcast covers Church's perspective on biom*, the early days of the PowerCone project (Putting the Nosecone to Work in ​ZQ16​), the challenges of matching an idea with the right applications, building the team with the neccessary skills, identifying key partners, and finding funding.  Church mentioned Antony Upward's Flourishing is the Outcome; Design is the Process and also Stories from the Trenches of Biomimetic Innovation: Ideation and Proof of Concept from ZQ21.

Synapse by Biomimicry 3.8

Synapse by Biomimicry 3.8 is an environment for our staff to share their expertise and thought leadership in biomimicry with the world. 

It's our way of inviting you to join us in our awe of the natural world and discover the inspirational ways that innovators from around the world are using biomimicry to solve tough challenges, including sharing our own tips and techniques for bringing nature's genius to the design table.

Get free infographics, presentation slides, toolkits, biomimicry basics tools, and tips from the world’s leading biomimicry experts, including resources curated by Janine Benyus and Dr. Dayna Baumeister. 

Biomimicry UK "Behind the Science: YouTube Channel

Starting in November, we will be interviewing innovators, academics and thought leaders behind the research and development of some of the leading innovations in the field.

First up is Prof. Marc Desmuilliez from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, whose is expertise is in the field of electronics, systems and manufacturing. His work has led to over 400 publications (I know!) and two spinout companies from the university labs.

Teeming: How Superorganisms Work Together to Build Infinite Wealth on a Finite Planet

2017/08/21 uploaded PDF of TOC and Prologue (see below text)

Written by Tamsin Woolley-Barker.  Also available on Amazon.ca.

An entertaining and accessible read with profound implications for the future, Teeming takes us on a journey through nature's most ancient and successful R&D labs, and gives practical prescriptions for redesigning organizations to flourish far into the future. Evolutionary biologist Woolley-Barker weaves poetic vision and deep scientific expertise to illustrate how flat, agile, and adaptive societies like ants, termites, and underground fungal networks self-organize for resilience and value.

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Biomimicry Basics: How To Innovate Using Nature's Strategies

If you take this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what biomimicry is and how it relates to other forms of bio-inspired design
  • Use the Biomimicry for Design methodology (the Biomimicry Design Spiral) for technical and non- technical design challenges
  • Articulate why biomimicry is valuable for your organization
  • Integrate biomimicry into your design process or innovation pathway

Seedkit: design concepts learned from Pacific Northwest forests

How does the Northwest Forest evaporate such large volumes of rainwater?  And how can our buildings and infrastructure mimic those strategies to reduce polluted runoff?

An orientation to biomimicry for K-12 Teachers

This publication was created to help K-12 educators establish a general foundation in biomimicry and provide ideas for introducing this new way of thinking and problem solving to their students. It begins with a general introduction to the “what” and “why” of biomimicry, along with some ideas for how to fit biomimicry into your education program. The Core Concepts section that follows the introduction provides added depth in key areas and offers additional suggestions and resources for sharing these concepts with students of varying ages.

Biomimicry Taxonomy

The Taxonomy is a classification system we developed to organize biological strategies by the functions they serve, such as: How does nature store water? Save energy? Protect from impact? We built it to organize the data in AskNature and make it easier to search. It’s our master reference tool designed for innovators like you.

One way to "ask nature" for design guidance is to break your challenges down into their fundamental functions—the specific outcomes your design needs to achieve. Identifying the function, "distribute liquids," for example, and then searching for those keywords on AskNature, will provide multiple potential solutions on how nature performs that function, which you can then apply to your own challenge.

Think Biomimicry - Shift From Idea to Implementation

By Biomimicry Chicago's Rachel Hahs ... [who] explores how we can shift from just being excited about the ideas behind biomimicry, to implementing biomimicry in practice in whatever fields we work.

Her most recent post, (Re)connecting with Nature, takes a look at how the first step to practicing biomimicry requires gaining the skills to slow down long enough to keenly observe the world around us with a curious and open mind - only then will we be able to truly learn from nature. Her previous posts touch on explaining what biomimicry is, how to use it, and how we think about it in the built environment.

The website also includes a comprehensive list of online biomimicry resources (please let us know if you have resources to add!), and periodically updated photography collections. Enjoy!

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