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Biomimicry: 12 Sustainable Design Ideas from Nature

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In the world envisioned by science author Janine Benyus, a locust’s ability to avoid collision within a roiling cloud of its brethren informs the design of a crash-resistant car; a self-cleaning leaf inspires a new kind of paint, one that dries in a pattern that enables simple rainwater to wash away dirt; and organisms capable of living without water open the way for vaccines that maintain potency even without refrigeration — a hurdle that can prevent life-saving drugs from reaching disease-torn communities.

Most important, these cool tools from nature pull off their tricks while still managing to preserve the environment that sustains them, a life-or-death lesson that humankind is in need of learning.

As a champion of biomimicry, Benyus has become one of the most important voices in a new wave of designers and engineers inspired by nature. Her most recent project, AskNature, explores what happens if we think of nature by function and looks at what organisms can teach us about design.

To view video on youtube: Biomimicry

For more about Janice Benyus and the Biomimicry Institute: http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/

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5 Responses to “Biomimicry: 12 Sustainable Design Ideas from Nature”

  1. Ruth Read says:

    I love this video clip. I feel the people on this earth are moving in a better direction faster and faster. We are learning so fast now. I feel so good about it.

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  2. Wonderful video! Actually, the idea of biomimicry is not so new..Artists, engineers, inventors, engineers, architects have been getting ideas from nature for quite a while now.

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  3. Leila says:

    What is it about people that we don’t do this one thing naturally. We don’t think about (or haven’t until now) the survival of our species in any long term way.

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  4. mike says:

    What a visionary. She inspires us while showing us how very silly we humans are when compared to the other lifeforms on our planet. We think we are so smart while we drink our cocktail of poisons. I am worried about her though…seems like every time someone comes forth with great revolutionary ideas that could change the course of the planet for the better…they ‘mysteriously’ die.

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  5. Addison says:

    Reponse to responses – Yes we designers and inventors have engineered things inspired by mimicry for a long time, but now our scrutiny and breadth of biology is far better. There is fear of change and fear that design is more or too expensive for individuals to instill. It is not, We must prove our ideas are less expensive and are attainable by and for the masses, and the masses must insist on them in an organized way. Beyond hign technology, that is in low “garage” technology huge accomplishment is possible.

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