Janine Benyus on Biomimicry in Design on TH Radio (Part Two) : TreeHugger

The second part of the interview starts with the core principles of biomimicry: learning from nature, seeing what natures does (or does not do) within a specific context, and trying to understand the principles.  Rather than using the products of nature or domesticating nature, biomimicry strives to understand the underlying principles and then use them to inspire our designs. 

Janine Benyus on Biomimicry in Design on TH Radio (Part One) : TreeHugger

The first interview describes the project, a portal that allows non-biologists to access solutions in the nature world by their function, rather than through the more traditional biological classification systems.  Janine describes the wealth of examples and applications already in the database, from dye-sensitized solar cells inspired by photosynthesis to potential replacements for platinum in fuel cells inspired by the the enzyme hydrogenase found in cyanobacteria.

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