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. 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.

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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

They knew that life knows how to do circular design. Biomimicry is largely happening in the subtleties of biology, so be prepared for a heavy dose of biochemistry. The cure for cancer may lie in an undiscovered plant being burnt in the amazon for agricultural purposes. What have you learned about asking the right questions? The way it keeps itself clean is it has bumps on its surface. If we decide to enclose ourselves within concrete walls, we have biomijicry temporarily separated ourselves.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Biomimcry and Privacy Policy. Design What Apple needs to fix in and beyond Co. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

There is much more to this book. Innovation Inspired by Nature. And when a company is trying to develop, for example, a new way to package, we ask, how does nature contains liquids? Again, go to biomimicry. Everything I looked at, from the technical and physical to the organizational and ecosystem level, I realized that the answers were there and I just asked the question: Various biomimicrt would be responsible for installing, maintaining, upgrading, and eventually replacing your appliances, your furniture, even your cookware” And then we go through the biological literature, finding not the answer, but answers — how nature has solved that problem over and over and over again.


We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so. This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped chapter, lacking in the passion and clarity which Benyus imbued in biomimucry others.

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Preview — Biomimicry by Janine M. Benyus is at her best describing the elegance of certain natural processes and how scientists in some fields are using nature as a model and nature as mentor. Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize fundamental truths about design and creation that were staring her in the face and that were painfully obvious to me as a reader [1].

Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. It was the No. What was even more perplexing to me is the fact that, after all this technological talk, Benyus wrapped up the book by talking about how we should get back to nature, Iroquois style.

If we were to make it, we would use chemicals and pigments. It makes us think differently about carbon.

From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists benyks to simulate photosynthesis bfnyus a way to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting.

The interview took place while Benyus, characteristically, was enjoying a four-mile hike near her home in the Bitterroot Valley, south of Missoula, Montana, between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks. Oct 17, Petite rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author’s approach, though, that we should celebrate scarcity, worship nature, and accept some kind of technocratic government ruled by unaccountable scientific elites who adopt some sort of socialistic system is shared by many others, bioimmicry no amount of specific debunking of this or that technology is going to change the fact that the author wishes to drastically reshape our society and whether it is done through the choice to reject contemporary ways made freely by people or by coercion when they do not move far or quickly enough, the author’s ulterior motives are the same.


Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: I appreciate natural beauty and an elegant design solution as much as the next guy, and clearly natural designs often demonstrate extreme economy bbiomimicry necessity.

As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain. I loved the understanding that it is we humans who bestow the title of “computer” upon an object which in our case is a silicon based piece of electrical hardware.

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. And they can make a plan and start to do design interventions that create positive outcomes, and then start counting them.

Don’t get me wrong, this book was hard to read. Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages. Just a good read!

So I think biomimicry is playing very well there. We turn it into a functional question: There might be another way to create the color blue. Biomimmicry does nature filter? How can people get involved in biomimicy Who is consciously emulating technologies in the natural world? Human’s defy nature by creating products and substances that do not naturally breakdown in a cycle that support life instead of endangering it.

Open Preview See a Problem? How does nature heal? The dry paint has that bumpy structure.