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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In one section of the book, she discussed how we may use materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: The second section which focused on harnessing energy, however, 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. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands.

I’d like to think that they’ll be solving more complex problems than our computers today solve, where there is likely no “right” answer. Reminded me of Cradle to Cradle, but also felt a bit dated.

The basic premise is that we should be looking towards nature to solve all of our most pressing problems: We listen very carefully to the challenges that people have around sustainability. And then I picked up Fortune in March. Sep 19, Steve Voiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: The or so pages of this book are divided into eight chapters that ask why we are talking about biomimicry now, how we may feed ourselves in the future, how we will harness energy, how we will make things, how we will heal ourselves, how we will store what we learn, how will we conduct business, and where we will go from here.

So we basically ask the question: I appreciate natural beauty and an elegant design solution as much as the next guy, and clearly natural designs often demonstrate extreme economy of necessity.

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. 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.


Over time, it got to be four file folders. Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems.

Oh, and there’s a TED talk. I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book. And they wind up being a lot more sustainable, which is what benuys are looking for these days. You realize that the materials are going to be circulated within your ecosystem. Another thing I would call us is sleuths.

No trivia or quizzes yet. This summer, I decided it was going to be a priority for my summer reading list, and it is the first one that I get to cross off. Benyus is at her best describing the elegance of certain natural processes and how scientists in some fields are using nature as a model and nature as mentor.

When rainwater comes, it balls up. A fantastic book about the possibilities available for biomimicry. Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems. Return to Book Page. Just giomimicry moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

This interview is part of a special EarthSky series Biomimicry: 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: Viewing creation as a model, measure, and mentor, the author praises biomimicrj and holds to the ridiculous myths of noble savages that have been around jahine at least the Janie Enlightenment of the 18th century. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best.

Benyus could have done a better job of bridging the gap between nature and technology. What have you learned about asking the right questions? Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry 3. Janine Benyus helped bring the word biomimicry into 21st century vocabularies in her book on the subject.


Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

Books by Janine M. She was doing her Ph. You can find out about that at The Biomimicry Institutewhich is our non-profit arm. For businesses, biomimicry is about bringing a new discipline—biology—to the design table. Now biomimicry is becoming one of the ways that engineers, product benus, and architects do their work.

Nature has answers, if we ask the right questions.

Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

And even when the author is right to criticize selfishness and destructiveness, the author is wrong to worship biomiicry without any regard or respect for God’s ways and laws, and that is simply unacceptable. The chapter on computers drags a bit bioimicry composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read.

See 2 questions about Biomimicry…. Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize fundamental truths about design and creation that were staring her in the face and that were painfully obvious to me as a reader [1].

In biomimicry, we bring in biologists to the design table. And then the phone started ringing. After reading it, there are many advancements that have been developed since then and a second book could easily be made with the new technologies.

It’s a great introduction to biomimicry and how beynus 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. This means that some of the ideas she has or predictions she made never did pan out the way jsnine hopes, which almost puts the reader into some new reality where the present is still the future. View all 4 comments.

I was in my office in Oakland, California. Having finished this book, I feel justified in my own personal awe and wonder in how trees, plants and animals thrive in ways that we are too theoretically advanced but practically primitive to understand.