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?
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