There are three types of biomimicry - one is copying form and shape, another is copying a process, like photosynthesis in a leaf, and the third is mimicking at an ecosystem’s level, like building a nature-inspired city.
“Los organismos han hallado un modo de hacer todas las cosas increíbles que llevan a cabo mientras cuidan del entorno que mantendrá a sus hijos”.
“Desde el momento que realizan el cortejo, los animales piensan sobre algo muy importante, que es lograr que su material genético perdure en 10.000 generaciones futuras, y ello implica encontrar el modo de vivir sin destruir el lugar que cuidará de su descendencia”.
Have you guys ever heard of Biomimicry? I hadn’t until a few days ago when I was interviewing Dr Carmen Torres-Sánchez for the podcast and it is a really interesting field.
In its simplest terms its about how we can incorporate how nature designed things into how we go about our architectural and engineering projects with as little disruption to the planet as possible.
This is a TED talk by Janine Benyus from 2009 and she talks about it in a lot more detail. It is really interesting and informative, and if you have about 20 minutes to spare I definitely recommend you watch it.
Janine Benyus: 12 sustainable design ideas from nature (par TED)
One of my favourite things about design: Biomimicry. Bionics classes should be mandatory in all design and architecture schools. Doesn’t it make sense that the solutions nature has come up with over millions of years are the best solutions? Nature is so smart, the human body itself is a tribute to this intelligence. Brilliantly crafted systems all over, where each piece is an efficient and important part of the bigger picture.
Janine Benyus said… “The conscious emulation of life’s genius is a survival strategy for the human race, a path to a sustainable future. The more our world functions like the natural world, the more likely we are to endure on this home that is ours, but not ours alone.” from Biomimicry (a really good book).
& a video that I thought was done really well and embodies a love for the natural world.
Hello, I was wondering if you could recommend me some good books about science (any field, just what you like). The last time I studied science was in high school so I'd need something "vulgarized". Thanks in advance! :)
Most of the recent science books I’ve read are hidden away in boxes, and I have a terrible memory for recalling specific titles or authors.
Recently I’ve read or been reading these science books:
I’ve found all these very interesting. :)
Heat By George Monbiot (currently reading)
Musicophilia By Oliver Sacks
The Trouble With Physics By Lee Smolin
Biomimicry By Janine M. Benyus
Anyone who wants to give science book recommendations are welcome to, as well.