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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Well, it is a handful. This book further reinforced the notion that as cliched as it sounds, we are a part of nature. 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.

We are not separate from it. There were several technologies and practices mentioned that I didn’t know took inspiration from nature or simply just didn’t know they existed.

Can you make your polymer out of carbon? Using hacks that evolution developed over buomimicry history. Innovation Biomikicry by Nature, ever since. Bio,imicry think a lot of people are grappling with that right now: Each chapter followed a similar structure: How do we do net-positive products? Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D. What led you to write “Biomimicry” in the first place? The book is split into several sections, each answering a question of how we will tackle an obstacle biomijicry our life if we no longer follow the rules of a modern society, but instead follow only the rules of nature.

I am excited to look for updated material to see what progress we’ve made in the last decade! The most exciting chapters, for me, were those on energy mimicking photosynthesis and medicine Big Pharma hunting for new meds in the rainforest. Preview — Biomimicry by Janine M. It makes us think differently about carbon.


Biomimicry Explained: A Conversation with Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

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. Reminded me of Cradle to Cradle, but also felt a bit dated.

With Benyus’s humor and wit you will find this compendium of technologies very palatable and informational if not inspiring; be forewarned there is a good amount of information in this book, do take a week to read it for maximum enjoyment! We say we understand living systems thinking, but the latest science in biomomicry last 20 years is shocking even to me.

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

You hear them called regenerative principles, or living systems principles. What are the rules of self-organization? That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and bentus nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool. It is really interesting but also very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!! The first chapter of biomi,icry book should be mandatory curriculum in It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into one.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

This books explains all aspects of science, from Biology to Chemistry and a little bit of Physics too. How does nature shape blomimicry maintain community?

The section on how will we make things again had some interesting benyks again had some fascinating concepts, like talking about how mussels adhere to rocks underwater and how spider silk is stronger than steel yet made without intense heat, pressure, or nasty chemicals. 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 first thing I have to say about this book is that the concepts behind it are fabulous A lot of the concepts that were talked about clearly haven’t worked, as here we are 13 years later, and we are still destroying our environment at a sprinter’s clip.

Oct 18, BrandonCWalters rated it really liked it.

InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild, the Innovation Consultancy, which helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models in order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life. View all 4 comments. 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.

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: The first section I absolutely loved, especially as I am really into sustainable agriculture. 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.

I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering.