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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Kathryn M.
Kathryn M3 years ago

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

Nimue Pendragon


Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

This is all the matter of miracles

Tim Cheung
Tim C6 years ago


David M.
Eva Daniher7 years ago


Eva Orta
Eva O7 years ago

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.

Monica D.
Monica D7 years ago

Beautiful picture.

Skye R.
Skye R7 years ago

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.

Natalie J.
Natalie Away J7 years ago

Thanks for the article. Nature is inspiring.

Alberta Gentleman

Great article. Thanks.