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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What led you to write “Biomimicry” in the first place? May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. The first section I absolutely loved, especially as I am really into sustainable agriculture. And what can we learn from that about the systems that we live in?

Very often they look at them say, wow,this is an amazingly simple and beautiful way to solve this problem. Just a good read! What does that mean? While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best.

Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature. I am happy I read it and definitely feel I have benefitted. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Viewing creation as a model, measure, and mentor, the author praises shamans and holds to the ridiculous myths of noble savages that have been around since at least the French Enlightenment of the 18th century.

And when a company is trying to develop, for example, a new way to package, we ask, how does nature contains liquids? How do we do net-positive products? The book is inspiring for those with the love of biology and engineering.


Mar 12, Anggia Widhi rated it liked it. I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering. Just check out a DVD from the library or rent venyus from your local video store if you don’t believe me. There is no such thing as a permament separation for as long as we reside on this planet.

Good examples and context.

A lot of the concepts that were talked about clearly haven’t worked, as here we are 13 years later, and benyys are still destroying our environment at a sprinter’s clip. How does nature shape and maintain community? Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach.

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

Become a curator of one of the pages. Benyus is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. Didi mentioned that, in addition to smoking elephant dung! For businesses, biomimicry is about bringing a new discipline—biology—to the design table.

Those are things that actually people can start to understand.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry Is Innovation Inspired By Nature

The author traveled and talked with many key people. In biomimicry, we bring in biologists to the design table.

She was doing her Ph. There might be another way to create the color blue.

Biomimicry @ A conversation with Janine Benyus | GreenBiz

Every class of organism. Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Books by Janine M. The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in Benyus has authored six books on biomimicryincluding Biomimicry: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. You can find out about that at The Biomimicry Institutewhich is our non-profit bipmimicry.


This means that some of the ideas she has or predictions she made never did pan out the way she hopes, which almost puts the reader into some new reality where the present is still the future. The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated. If we understand that as we try to move from a linear, mechanical kind of metaphor to a living systems one — a circular one — we actually have the chemistries and the best practices at our fingertips.

This is a must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science. What businesses are finding is that the ideas from the natural world actually reduce risk because they use fewer toxins. 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.

Everyone should read this, its a great general study on the field. All hanine gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, behyus neither she nor anyone else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners.