Apr 10, Taryn rated it really liked it I was introduced to the work of Janine Benyus by a student of mine about a year and a half ago, and have been meaning to read this book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, ever since. This summer, I decided it was going to be a priority for my summer reading list, and it is the first one that I get to cross off. The first thing I have to say about this book is that the concepts behind it are fabulous The second thing is that this book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published. This means that some of the ideas she has or predictions she made never did pan out the way she hopes, which almost puts the reader into some new reality where the present is still the future. The book is split into several sections, each answering a question of how we will tackle an obstacle of our life if we no longer follow the rules of a modern society, but instead follow only the rules of nature.
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What is biomimicry? She elegantly explained that for billions of years nature has been refining strategies for surviving on this planet and that through biomimicry we can create more efficient, sustainable and beautiful designs by learning from these elders.
Velcro is a classic example of biomimicry. It also highlights the business case for copying nature, as Velcro has been quite a successful product. Velcro was invented in the s. Thus, the concept of emulating nature is not a new idea. Think, for example, First Peoples in North America who copied arctic hare feet to make snowshoes or Leonardo DaVinci, who would often take inspiration from nature in his designs.
At Biomimicry Frontiers, our mission is to shift the system, naturally. We want to create solutions to climate change, but inspiring people to learn from the genius of nature and from there, create new forms, processes, and systems that are in harmony with nature.
A sustainable world already exists, we have just forgotten how to access it. A new era is beginning. The technologies that are emerging will make some of the most inventive ideas a reality. All we need is to be creative in how we leverage the genius of nature and how we leverage the existing technologies to solve our big problems. Think, for example, walls that can breathe like skin, buildings that can self-heal, communities that generate no wastes like a forest. Biomimicry by Janine Benyus: This film covers how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water.
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