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In 2009, the Harvard Business Review called biomimicry one of the “top 20 breakthrough ideas in business.”
In 2012, biomimicry topped the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ annual list of “innovations that could change the way you manufacture.”
In 2013, Clean Edge named biomimicry one of “5 key trends that will impact clean-energy markets in the coming years.”
The Latest: Biomimicry innovation insights

February 26th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Energy Efficiency, News Feed|Sectors: |

Monkey pod tree inspires locally attuned functionality

HOK’s San Francisco office was inspired by local species during its work on the NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center in Hawaii. The HOK team specifically references learning how the monkey pod tree responds to changing environmental conditions, according to this HOK website article. Using biomimicry methodology as part of their design process brought in an extra focus on functionality of the building, and more importantly, locally attuned functionality.

Jamie-01Curated by Jamie Dwyer

February 25th, 2017|Categories: Announcements, Life's Principles, News Feed, Resilience|Sectors: |

What happens when you compress the age of the Earth into 12 months?

If we compress the age of Earth (4.5 billion years) into one year, February 25 would be the day Life appears (humans don’t appear until more than 10 months later on Dec. 31 near midnight!). That means it was 3.8 billion years ago this week that the first single-celled organism appeared, and since, Life has been the ultimate innovator. Read more about Earth’s Calendar Year and view all of Life’s important milestones on our Biomimicry 3.8 blog.

Jenna-01Curated by Jenna Cederberg

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Structures|Sectors: , , |

Honeybee hexagons and the 100x factor

Even tried and true lessons from nature still yield a myriad of benefits. Ford tapped into the multi-functionality of the hexagons of bees to yield an incredible strength to weight ratio of 100x in the trunk of their Ford EcoSport, according to this Sustainable Brands article. There are hundreds of other lightweighting strategies yet to be tapped into—good news in an era of material frugality.

Dayna-01Curated by Dayna Baumeister

February 18th, 2017|Categories: Circular Economy, News Feed, Resilience|Sectors: |

Interface, Inc.’s vision of a factory as a forest

How might a factory work as well as a forest? Nicole Miller, managing director of Biomimicry 3.8 says, “First, by changing the company’s mindset and setting an ambitious “north star”; second, using the surrounding ecosystems as a reference to set performance goals; and, third, by developing design concepts rooted in specific site details.” Read more.

Erin-01Curated by Erin Rovalo

February 17th, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Materials, News Feed, Textiles|Sectors: , , , , , , , , , , |

Researchers identify missing link in spider silk emulation

The limitation to emulating the super properties of spider silk for the last decade has not been the chemistry, but rather the method of extrusion. Turns out the amazing dynamics of spider silk rely critically on how the silk itself is spun through the spider’s spinnerets. The technology detailed in this Seeker article will open up possibilities for silk emulation for applications far beyond the suggested nerve repair opportunity.

Dayna-01Curated by Dayna Baumeister

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