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Biomimicry: Designed By Nature

Biomimicry: Designed By Nature

“We do not seek to imitate nature, but rather to find the principles she sees.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

Here are some questions biomimicry can answer:
How would nature get water to the desert?
How would nature heat and cool a home?
How would nature create color without harmful chemicals or dyes?
How would nature create non-toxic waterproof adhesive?

While attending Omega Center for Sustainable Living awards presentation for “The Greenest Living Building“, a conference called, Design By Nature: Creative Solutions With Biomimicry, Permaculture & Sustainable Design was in full swing at Omega. This event brought together some of the nation’s foremost leaders in the fields of biomimicry, permaculture, and sustainable architecture. The main objective was to explore the creative potential of these promising green technologies for the sustainability of the planet.

What is biomimicry?
Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is an emerging discipline that studies nature’s best ideas 
and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. For instance, non-toxic adhesives inspired by geckos, energy efficient buildings inspired by termite mounds, and resistance-free antibiotics inspired by red seaweed are examples of biomimicry.

How can biomimicry change our lives?
Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature says, “Doing it nature’s way” has the potential to change the way we grow food, make materials, harness energy, heal ourselves, store information, and conduct business. In each case, nature would be model, measure, and mentor.”

Why explore biomimicry now?
Janine feels there is an urgency to embrace, educate, and practice biomimicry. “Having reached the limits of nature’s tolerance, we are finally shopping for answers to the question: “How can we live on this home planet without destroying it?”

Do you believe studying scientific disciplines like biomimicry can help answer this question?

Here are some amazing examples of biomimicry.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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8:22AM PDT on Apr 5, 2015

Thanks. I had never heard the word biomimicry. I learned something!

3:09AM PST on Feb 23, 2013


3:07AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

This is all the matter of miracles

4:02PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011


5:49PM PST on Nov 12, 2010


8:01AM PST on Nov 7, 2010

A lot of people are inspired by nature one way or another and I am really happy to see that we can even get 'literal' inspiration from nature as well! Thank you for the information and the links.

11:19PM PDT on Nov 4, 2010

Beautiful picture.

5:28PM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

Rather than investing in harmful chemicals and over-the-top technology, maybe we should borrow a few ideas from nature. Oftentimes, she's more efficient than anything we humans could ever dream to invent.

12:53AM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

Thanks for the article. Nature is inspiring.

8:06AM PDT on Oct 31, 2010

Great article. Thanks.

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