November 13, 2014
If imitation is indeed the highest form of flattery, then after 3.8 Billion years of perfecting something, why wouldn’t it be imitated? That’s precisely how the study and practice of biomimicry came to fruition.
1. the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes.
Put another way, “biomimicry is an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul” (AskNature.org)
Practitioners of Biomimicry subscribe to the idea of capitalizing on what we have already studied and know and implementing it into our world as a sustainable solution to our 21st Century problems.
Drones that are designed based on the structure and qualities of a honeybee, owls fly without creating turbulence or noise, schools of fishes swim using less energy…these are just some of the examples of how nature is inspiring technology. Biomimicry influences innovation at its core; from engineering, to technology, to architecture to all aspects of design.
For centuries nature has influenced design, especially recognized in architecture and technology. This fairly new paradigm raises the bar on not only design, but integrates a compelling green story as we push the envelope of innovative solutions for our growing, ever-more complex world.