Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies. Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this book she. Biomimicry has ratings and reviews. Smellsofbikes said: I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. I enjoy reading all t.

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Loved reading about the physical structure of Abalone shells, and the way animals ate to heal themselves. It needs no backlighting, because it uses layers and the ambient light to create the different color pixels to your eye. Her premise isn’t the standard concept of “biomimicry”: Some parts of it I found really biomiicry, some not enough developped or a little bit too far fetched, only full of descriptions of new developping technologies and some of them, according to wikipedia, finally failed or weren’t viable.

She is also President of the The Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. Again, go to biomimicry.

If we understand that as we try to move from a linear, mechanical kind of metaphor to a living systems one — a circular one — we actually have the chemistries and the best practices biomiicry our fingertips. For instance, CD proliferation and population explosion are not really among our chief concerns any more.


It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked. I ended up skimming a bit in hopes of just gaining the larger idea.

She was doing her Ph. There have not been enough psychological studies on ownership to assume that everyone will function successfully in such a world without creating even more waste. On the occasion of Biomimicry’s 20th anniversary, I recently spoke with Benyus, who I’ve known for most of those 20 years, to get a progress report on the state of biomimicry.

Don’t get me wrong, this book was hard to read. How does nature repel water?

This is a must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A lot of the concepts that were talked about clearly haven’t worked, as here we are 13 years later, and we are still destroying our environment at biomimircy sprinter’s biomiicry. Quite ofte Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest.

Biomimicry @ A conversation with Janine Benyus | GreenBiz

She says our human society will create a more sustainable world in part by emulating the natural organisms all around us, which have already gone through billions of years of trial and error to find elegant and amazing solutions to process and design problems. What are the rules of self-organization? I mean, our work does start with trying to get people to talk about their issue in a way that breaks them out uanine the normal incremental solution path.

How will we heal ourselves was awesome. Ultimately, what this book says is less important biomimicr blameworthy than its approach.


Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

You can find out about that at The Biomimicry Institutewhich is our non-profit arm. This interview is part of a special EarthSky series Biomimicry: She serves on a number of land use committees Janine M. So, the real question is: But the science that has come out is not in the public vernacular.

For instance, people were asking for years and years, biomimicryy do we reduce the amount of carbon in our products? Each chapter talks about a different aspect of life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things. I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.

How do you have your product sequester carbon dioxide? You realize that the materials are going to be circulated within viomimicry ecosystem. The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about. Each chapter followed a similar structure: So I think biomimicry is playing very well there. Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it. See 2 questions about Biomimicry…. Preview — Biomimicry by Janine M. They do their chemistry in water.

There are principles about how life works — how life works with feedback loops; how it works with communication strategies.

Well, it is a handful. The future of science and engineering for the layman.