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Nature can guide ‘better way to live’

April 6th, 2017|Categories: Planning, Resilience, Water|Sectors: , , , |

Nature can guide 'better way to live'

The growing community of biomimicry practitioners has a bright star in Sara El Sayed, who is using her Master’s of Science in Biomimicry from ASU to help grow sustainable food systems in Egypt. Sara’s hard work to use nature as a guide to better living is highlighted in this The Lifestyle Journal profile.

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

‘Seedkit’ helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

March 18th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Planning, Policy, Structures, Water|Sectors: , , |

'Seedkit' helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

It’s a remarkable (and 100% achievable!) vision: Imagining how nature’s genius can help transform design and create sustainable cities of the future. A new toolkit from Urban Greenprint is exploring how employing biomimicry can manage waterflow, drawing from strategies found in the rainy Pacific Northwest. The wonderfully-named Seedkit allows users to easily explore an awesome set of water management ideas–all inspired by nature.

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

Commonwealth looks to reverse climate change, with the help of biomimicry

November 13th, 2016|Categories: Carbon, Climate Change, Organizations, Planning, Policy|Sectors: , |

Commonwealth looks to reverse climate change, with the help of biomimicry

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 countries around the world–many island nations–that are home to 2.2 billion people. In its effort to find fresh perspectives for potential innovation to combat climate change, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland invited Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder Janine Benyus to share biomimicry-based solutions at the Commonwealth’s Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change Workshop.
“If we can put pilot projects down on the ground in Commonwealth countries it will be like piloting the sort of regenerative world we need to create, making use of different biospheres, countries with different profiles,” Janine said in this Guardian article.

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Mimicking nature to control species

October 8th, 2016|Categories: Planning, Resilience|Sectors: |

Mimicking nature to control species

Forestry management tries to imitate nature. For example, setting fires to help mitigate potentially uncontrollable forest fires. Predators such as wolves usually take down the weakest in a herd, whereas, human hunters often target the largest (trophy hunting) or entire packs (predator control), according to this David Suziki Foundation article. If we want to use biomimicry to control a species, we should study the behavior of natural predators and their role in keeping a habitat healthy.

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Shaping a sustainable future through living materials

September 24th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Materials, Planning, Policy|Sectors: |

Shaping a sustainable future through living materials

The U.S. Department of Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is taking a serious look at how looking to nature–and gaining inspiration from all its living materials–can help shape a sustainable future through living building materials. This Green Building Elements article details a new Engineered Living Materials (ELM) program launched by the agency to create an entirely new set of construction materials. It’s exciting to see all that’s already in the pipeline, and all the planned work ready to be done.

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Initiative helps to harness power of ecosystem services

September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Carbon, Climate Change, Planning, Water|Sectors: |

Initiative helps to harness power of ecosystem services

Native ecosystems provide crucial “services” that help create conditions conducive to life. They do things like clean air, purify water, and store carbon. With that in mind, Biomimicry Chicago is launching a new initiative this fall in hopes of creating a “radical shift” in how the city of Chicago builds. The Prairie Project, outlined in this post, aims to bring diverse, multidisciplinary teams together to help change the way cities are build. It’s exciting because native ecosystems, thanks to all the services they provide, are inherently sustainable and regenerative.

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Bees inspire more efficient route planning

August 27th, 2016|Categories: Carbon, Planning|Sectors: , |

Bees inspire more efficient route planning

Bees are among the most masterful and most efficient routemakers of the Animal Kingdom, so it make sense that one entrepreneur looked to bees to create a new software system that can help delivery companies do what they do better. According to this Fast Co. article, Routific has developed an algorithm based on bees’ navigation methods, and it’s set to help companies from UPS to a local flower delivery shops save time, money, and cut emissions.

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Looking to evolutionary mechanisms to spur innovation

August 26th, 2016|Categories: Branding, Business Models, Planning, Uncategorized|Sectors: |

Looking to evolutionary mechanisms to spur innovation

Most things in nature were not created for the specific use they end up performing. They get “exapted” or used for a different function. Many inventions originally had a different purpose. The process by which technologies become the building blocks for new technologies is mirrored in exaptation, and helps explain the high levels of creativity and innovation in dense, diverse social systems such as cities and large research labs. This article in Industrial and Corporate Change asks, “How do companies keep their competitive advantage in the face of technological change?”

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Cost-savings shown for property that functions like native ecosystem

August 5th, 2016|Categories: Planning, Policy|Sectors: , |

Cost-savings shown for property that functions like native ecosystem

Ecological Performance Standards help property owners understand how their land should be functioning if it were a healthy native ecosystem.  The next scale would be to apply EPS to regions. In this newly published paper, scientists were able to identify specific cost-savings and increased functionality obtained when the changes were implemented at a landscape-level instead of at property-level.

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Revolutionizing food systems with biomimicry

July 7th, 2016|Categories: Packaging, Planning, Product Design, Water, Wellness|Sectors: , |

Revolutionizing food systems with biomimicry

Whether it’s a garbage decomposer inspired by a cockroach respiratory system or a food waste reducing app based on pheromone trails, the winners of The Biomimicry Institute’s 2016 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge show truly innovative biomimicry-based solutions for some of the world’s most pressing food system challenges. Read about and watch all the winners’ innovations in action here.

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