Introduction to Biomimicry

2014/02/19 Updated

At Biomimicry 3.8, we believe there is no better design partner than nature. But biomimicry is more than just looking at the shape of a flower or dragonfly and becoming newly inspired; it’s a methodology that’s being used by some of the biggest companies and innovative universities in the world. In this engaging, multi-media immersion into the world of Biomimicry, you’ll gain a competitive edge and a fresh perspective on how the world around us can, does, and should work.

This year we launched an online introduction for anyone, no matter their discipline or background, to get started as a biomimetic. In this self-paced cruise through 3+ hours of fresh content, you’ll learn the basics to see all life – from mycelium to mountain ranges – as the genius design partner it is. Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder, Dr. Dayna Baumeister presents our design approach in great detail while keeping the experience highly engaging. We call it “bringing life back into your life” and it starts with a new lens.  And when you finish, you will have a new way to connect to all that’s around you, including those of us in the biomimicry community.

Using Our Approach: Outcomes
Think in systems
Design in context
Identify patterns
Reimagine the world around you
Design with purpose. Design for Life.
See the millions of organisms around us … differently

Course instructor: Dr. Dayna Baumeister
Course format: Rich multimedia experience, self-paced and interactive
Course  content:

Intro to Biomimicry 3.8’s core approach and tools (newly revised):
Essential Elements of Biomimicry. See the diagram.
Biomimicry Thinking. See the diagram.
Life’s Principles. See the diagram.

Biomimicry case studies in detail:
Calera
Kalundborg
Whalepower
Interface

After you have completed the course, you’ll have access to download a biomimicry course pack containing recommended resources, course screenshots, and next steps for continuing on your journey to change the world.

Learning Objectives
Identify the core philosophy and key elements of biomimicry

Interpret and utilize a biomimicry case study
Gain familiarity with the process of integrating biology into design
Understand the steps for connecting with nature and other biomimicry practitioners

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