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!

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

Instructor: Denise DeLuca, PE

Le vivant comme modèle, la voie du biomimétisme

Originally posted at  English translation courtesy of Google and Microsoft.

En cette veille de Noël, je voulais enfin vous annoncer la sortie de mon livre "Le vivant comme modèle, la voie du biomimétisme" chez Albin-Michel, préfacé par Nicolas Hulot et Jean-Marie Pelt (qui nous a quittés cette nuit, hommage à lui). On this Christmas Eve, I wanted to finally announce the release of my book Living as a model, the way of biomimicry published by Albin-Michel, foreword by Nicolas Hulot and Jean-Marie Pelt (who left us this night, in tribute to him).

Gauthier Chapelle

The Nature Inspired Design Handbook

In the Nature Inspired Design project, we learned from ten Dutch companies at the forefront of Biomimicry, cradle to cradle and design for the circular economy – which we shall from now on jointly call “Nature Inspired Design”. How to translate inspiring design principles into tangible results – and not just into a conceptual product with no actual follow-through? Which disciplines do you need and how can they work together? In short: how can you widen the scope without losing the plot?

We researched what works for our pioneering companies, and boiled down their best practices into one comprehensive method with carefully selected tools for designers, available to you in the form of this book.

Tapping into Nature: The Future of Energy, Innovation, and Business

This white paper provides an overview of "bioinspired innovation" (which includes both bioutilization and biomimicry) and explores how it can deliver disruptive innovation that "can increase revenues, reduce costs, and meet global needs" and "also increase their environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) rating".  It includes an infographic organizing an extensive list of innovations by cross-sector topics (carbon, water, materials, energy conversion & storage, optics & photonics, thermo-regulation, fluid dynamics, data & computing, systems), market readiness and affected industries.  The online version is interactive and displays details of each innovation. 

After a report on the potential economic impact of bioinspired innovation prepared by the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, the white paper explores selected innovations in each of the cross-sector topics mentioned above (online version links back to the infographic) and an extensive list of references.  The PDF includes a table that summarizes the information displayed within the interactive online infographic. 

In addition to exploring the wide range existing breakthrough biologically-inspired products, it also describes the vast, largely untapped market potential of a bioinspired approach to innovation.

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry

In addition to two overview sections on the concept and Biomimicry 3.8, the article provides images and short descriptions of Velcro, Shinkansen Bullet Train, Boats, Hospitals Don Sharkskin, Harvesting Desert Fog, Nature's Water Filter, Experimental Fish Car, Hive Mind Manages the Grid, Fin to the Wind, Watercube, Gecko Feet Adhesives, Spider Web Glass, A Very Fishy Wind Farm, 'Candy-Coated Vaccines' and Firefly Lightbulbs.

Unfortunately, the article does not provide references to allow verification of claims or for further information.

ASU Offers Master’s of Science in Biomimicry and Graduate Certificate in Biomimicry

The Biomimicry Center is a joint effort between Arizona State University and Biomimicry 3.8 (B3.8) that facilitates education and research endeavors to create sustainable solutions by emulating biological forms and strategies. The Center fuses the intellectual disciplines and work of biologists, designers, engineers, business professionals, communicators, material scientists, chemists and others to address system-level opportunities and challenges.

In addition to coordinating broad sustainability initiatives related to biomimicry, the Biomimicry Center also will offer the first-ever Master’s of Science in Biomimicry and the first-ever Graduate Certificate in Biomimicry. These online programs are accredited versions of professional training programs developed by Biomimicry 3.8 since 2008.  Both the master’s and certificate programs have begun accepting applicants through ASU Online, and development of an on-campus master’s program is underway.

Biomimicry UK

Biomimicry UK is as a collaborative platform to provide nature-based solutions to understand and solve the challenges we are facing in the 21st century.

What is unique to our approach?

Our goal is to enable the cross-fertilisation from industry to academia, to participate effectively in finding nature-based solutions to provide social, environmental and economic benefits whilst protecting the ecological backdrop of our planet.

We are drawing the iterative design processes found in nature (evolution) over billions of years to find innovative solutions. The focus is not just on the end result but by promoting the creative process, from initial challenge, through to the final concept.

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