July 2003: "Life's Inspiration"

Author: John Mlade

The author describes the challenges of creating 'natural' designs, and the power of Biomimicry to bridge the "gap between understanding (natural principles) and the application of these principles in design." Beyond using Nature as a model, Biomimicry encourages us to apply ecological standards to evaluating our innovations, and see Nature as a source of inspiration, not merely raw materials. The article includes a number of Biomimicry examples, including:

  • water harvesting systems
  • self-cleaning surfaces
  • self-cooling office buildings.
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