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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The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about. All in all, this can be a very tough book to read if you’re not especially scientifically minded, bemyus if you persevere and understand the message it is very, very powerful. And in the 20 years since, the author, Janine Benyus, has been spearheading a revolution in design thinking, getting companies, cities and others to look to nature and natural systems for answers to questions about how to harness nature’s wisdom to create products, buildings, cities and other things that are nontoxic, closed-loop, regenerative and, as she puts it, “conducive to life.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

That said, the whole book was great. The rainwater balls them away, pearls them away. Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, it is a handful.

And what can we learn from that about the systems that we live in? Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing. I enjoyed it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it. The book Biomimicry was written in and the science is a little stale, but the idea is still very interesting.


I mean, our work does start with trying to get people to talk about their issue in a way that breaks them out of the normal incremental solution path.

The watchword right now is resilience in the face of change.

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In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. Benyus lives in Stevensville, Montana. If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. What led you to write “Biomimicry” in the first place?

Or go on asknature. This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped chapter, lacking in the passion and clarity which Beynus imbued in the others. The second section which focused on harnessing energy, biomkmicry, made me realize that she is a biologist and I am notand although the overall information was interesting, there was a whole lot of detail on the process of photosynthesis way more than I care to remember.

Everything I looked at, from the biomimicrg and physical to the organizational and ecosystem level, I realized that the answers were there and I just asked the question: There are a few gems of ideas in the book, but the tone veers too much toward preachy and has too many far-fetched oddities.

The author traveled and talked with many key people. Throughout its history, the contemporary environmental movement as well as the sort of futurist tendencies that the author demonstrates has been less about means and more about ends.

Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature. NC by Janine M. Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects. They knew that life knows how to do circular design. All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor anyone else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners.

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A fantastic book about the possibilities available for biomimicry. Views Read Edit View history.

Jul 29, Hao Ca Vien rated it it was amazing. Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. We turn it into a functional question: Design Recommender The 7 best tools for making your most productive year yet Co. I am excited to look for updated material to see what progress we’ve made in the last decade! That said, I was dying for an update; most of this stuff is 20 years out of date.

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It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses biomimicryy formed and how those could be mimicked. 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 report on the state of biomimicry.

However, I think this book is interesting as an artifact of zeitgeist of 20 years ago.