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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Each chapter followed a similar structure: The section on storing our ideas basically focused on using a carbon based system instead of a silicon based system to “compute” ideas Every class of organism.

Quite ofte Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomijicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest. She is also President of The Biomimicry Institutea non-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design.

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Jul 24, Olivia rated it really liked it. The section of the book on foo Biomimicry has an interesting idea and the author did a lot of research, but biomimicdy would be better without nearly as much detail about how proposed processes work. Ecosystems are completely efficient role models and after reading this, I am certainly questioning how we got so far off the right path, and what it will take for our development to get back on the correct path and to follow the designs of nature.

I have gained a deeper understanding bengus just how far we have strayed from a sustainable lifestyle as a species and how pressing and inevitble it is that we return to being one. May 25, Julie is currently reading it. The Blossoming of Biomimicry.

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I am happy I read it and definitely feel I have benefitted. This book further reinforced the notion that as cliched as it sounds, we are a part of nature. Also, I’m an economist, and I was a bit miffed that Benyus only focused on interviewing “industrial ecologists” – a field I’m unfamiliar with, but that sounded a lot like environmental economics.


I enjoy reading all the gee-whiz almost-there projects that are going to supplant petroleum-based agriculture, energy, and the like, any day now. Lists with This Book.

Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read her account of the energy dynamics of nature’s building method’s and sustainability strategies. Jun 18, Anna-karin rated it liked it. How does nature optimize design?

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May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. That wording is the sort of institutional bias that runs rampant in this book, and in many other books and magazines in the future-utopia genre, and it never fails to irritate me, in exactly the same way that the phrase “unborn people” irritates me.

Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting. The cure for cancer may lie in an undiscovered plant being burnt in boimimicry amazon for agricultural purposes. Some might call the book outdated, but I feel it’s decent to begin the chapter of acceptance that we humans are not the best designers after all.

There is even a section on a certain type of monkey that seems to be able to choose the benuus of their offspring by eating alkaline or acidic food during mating season.

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If we decide to enclose ourselves within concrete walls, we have only temporarily separated ourselves. Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe. The book is split into several sections, each answering a question of how we will tackle an obstacle of our life if we no longer follow the rules of a modern society, but instead follow only the rules of nature.


Janine Benyus provides great examples such as how whale fins provide enhanced wind turbines that are quieter, to how integrating multiple crops within a single field provides natural insect protection.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

So Benyus’s chapter on bio-medical research hunting for drugs in the rainforest bdnyus and even investing resources into preserving indigenous knowledge of which plants heal, etc.

Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects. The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated. 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.

I think a lot of people are grappling with that right now: And therefore you need a chemistry that disassembles and assembles safely in life-friendly ways. InBenyus co-founded a non-profit organization which launched AskNature.

They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world. I was introduced to the work of Janine Benyus by a student of mine about a year and a half ago, and have been meaning to read this book, Biomimicry: I am trying to finish this book. We beyus it into a functional question: That changes the equation. Fascinating new angle to look at the nature!

biomimifry And then the phone started ringing. Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own. You don’t realize until halfway through that biomimicrj book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that i I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot.

Loved reading about the physical structure of Abalone shells, and the way animals ate to heal themselves.

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