Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies. 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.

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If we decide to enclose ourselves within concrete walls, we have only temporarily separated ourselves.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

You can make all kinds of plastics out of carbon dioxide, out of methane, out of greenhouse gases. Retrieved from ” https: Jul 29, Hao Ca Vien rated it it was amazing. It needs no backlighting, because it uses layers and the ambient light to create the different color pixels to your eye.

Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages. Biomimicry has an interesting idea and the author did a lot of research, but it would be better without nearly as much detail about how proposed processes work. In biomimicry, we bring in biologists to the design table. Benyuus realize that the materials are going to be circulated within your ecosystem.

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They use a small subset of the periodic table. It was about science, and I was shocked that the world read it. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montanaand works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. However, I tire fairly easily of the patronizing tone of the “environmentally enlightened” and do not enjoy when authors shrug off religious benyuss as if they were relics.

You can find out about that at The Biomimicry Institutewhich is our non-profit arm. I would say the same thing. We humans were hitting the same limits that organisms have already hit, and that already figured out how to dance within those limits — being as efficient as you can with energy, working or bartering for everything you get.


And they wind up being a lot more sustainable, which is what customers are looking for these days. Quite ofte Before I read this book, the only biomimicfy I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest.

Can you make your polymer out of carbon? When I finally had to name it, I went to the dictionary and I looked up the Janins for bio and mimesis and I came up with biomimicry. And even when the author is right to criticize selfishness and destructiveness, the author is wrong to worship creation without any regard or respect for God’s ways and laws, and that is simply unacceptable.

Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing. There are principles about how life works — how life works with feedback loops; how it works with communication strategies. The book itself consists of biomimicfy series of explorations that the author has into various aspects of bioengineering that seek to take what is best out of creation and apply it to human beings in novel contexts or ways. Didi mentioned that, in addition to smoking elephant dung!

Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read her account of the energy dynamics of nature’s boomimicry method’s and sustainability janinee.

Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs and Biomimicry in action.

Janine Benyus

A conversation with Janine Benyus. I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders on condescension. The last part of the book is pretty dry philosophizing except for a few ideas such as companies that are taking back their products for recycling and laws requiring them to do so. We look for these deep patterns, these design principles that life has converged on, and then we try to emulate them.


This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry. The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read. Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe. All in all, though, I would really recommend this book as an eye-opener for changing our views on growing food, harnessing energy, medicine, and many other basic human needs.

For some reason this includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs in making Styrofoam. I once served on the Institute’s board ; and the Global Biomimicry Networkwhich brings together thousands of students and practitioners working to use nature’s teachings to solve design challenges.

The basic premise is that we should be looking towards nature to solve all of our most pressing problems: Given that the reader continually harps on the high level of design and skill it takes merely to mimic creation, it is striking that she is entirely blind to the intelligence and skill it took to create the same facets of plant and animal life that she views with such rapturous pleasure.

Retrieved August 26, That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool.

And what can we learn from that about the systems that we live in?

I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. Goodreads helps you benuys track of books you want to read.

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