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. Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired. Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies.

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Biomimicry Explained: A Conversation with Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

What does that mean? And then I picked up Fortune in March. For instance, CD proliferation and population explosion are not really among our chief biomkmicry any more.

Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. Benyus is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. Can we use perennials, which are self-fertilizing and self-weeding, instead of annuals as food crops? Two Steps Forward Biomimicry The section of the book on foo 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.

He also mentioned certain plants being known to have medicinal properties. She was doing her Ph. Which is just mind-blowing in and of itself; can we take a moment to marvel at natural selection?

May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. Biomimicry Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Jun 18, Anna-karin rated it liked it. View all 4 comments. Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3.


Along the way, Benyus has garnered two honorary doctorates and a clutch of prestigious awards and honors. Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry 3.

Views Read Edit View history. So I think biomimicry is playing very well there. I was in my office in Oakland, California. I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book. This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature.

Human’s defy nature by creating products and substances that do not naturally breakdown in a cycle that support life instead of endangering it. It’s a great introduction to biomimicry and how we can not only evolve, but become more in tune with nature to optimize and sustain the lifestyles we live today in hopes of preserving that for generations to come.

Apr 10, Taryn rated it really liked it. Most of the chapters consist of the author attempting to digest the literature of speculation and research and looking for salvation in the efforts of scientists to copy God’s creation. The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated. Every class of organism.

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

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. What led you to write “Biomimicry” in the first place? If we decide to enclose ourselves within biomimicrg walls, we have only temporarily separated ourselves.

Benyus could have done a better job of bridging the gap between nature and technology. She serves on a number of land use committees in her rural county, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated to place-based living and learning.


The basic premise is that we should be looking towards nature to solve all of our most pressing problems: For one, the tone of the author read like someone who was proselytizing for a false religion, namely the heathen worship of the earth mother, which did not bode well for my enjoyment of the book as a whole.

Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature. You hear them called regenerative principles, or living systems principles. I loved the understanding that it is we humans who bestow the title of “computer” upon an object which in our case is a silicon based piece of electrical hardware.

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Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montanaand works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. I would think that the notion of a circular economy would play right into your hands.

How will we heal ourselves was awesome. For some reason this includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs in making Styrofoam. My favorite chapter of this book.

We listen very carefully to the challenges that people have bdnyus sustainability. I guess they expect reviewers boomimicry be more decisive.