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Resilient architecture that helps fight climate change

April 7th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Business Models, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Resilience, Structures, Waste, Water, Wellness|Sectors: , |

Resilient architecture that helps fight climate change

Thomas Knittel of McLennan Design has written a thought provoking article in Arcade magazine about his work on an orphanage project in Haiti. Beyond appreciating the form and process inspirations from nature (the strength of tree branching and the filtering ability of bark), I was intrigued by the ecosystem-level thinking that became ingrained in the project. There are not many project teams that are learning resilience lessons from population biology case studies and applying that idea to their buildings, and I found it heartening and valuable.

Curated by Jamie Dwyer

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

Biomimicry + social innovation in Montana

March 30th, 2017|Categories: Announcements, Leadership, Life's Principles, Resilience|Sectors: |

Biomimicry + social innovation in Montana

What can quaking aspens teach us about adaptive leadership? The deciduous tree found throughout Montana is just one of many possible mentors participants at the upcoming Discover Nature’s Genius for Social Innovation immersion workshop will encounter. Regular registration for the five-day deep dive to explore the ecosystem and organisms found under Montana’s big sky ends April 3.

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

Mimicking tooth enamel to create the next super material

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, Resilience|Sectors: , , |

Mimicking tooth enamel to create the next super material

This is a perfect illustration of how abstracting the design principle from tooth enamel can lead to a novel material for plane hulls. Structural materials of most transportation devices have the same functional needs (e.g. strength, manage vibration, crack resistant) as tooth enamel, so abstracting the strategy helped a team at the University of Michigan emulate the tooth’s secret to success. According to this Gizmondo article, they used only using metal and polymer, rather than calcium and protein.

Curated by Dayna Baumeister

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

February 25th, 2017|Categories: Announcements, Life's Principles, 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

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

February 18th, 2017|Categories: Circular Economy, 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

Breast milk study shows urgency in need to find nature-inspired chemical alternatives

January 14th, 2017|Categories: Resilience, Wellness|Sectors: , , , , , , |

Breast milk study shows urgency in need to find nature-inspired chemical alternatives

A recent Australian study of pesticides in human breast milk (HBM), including DDT–a chemical banned since 1987–was shown to be transferred to nursing infants, but at lower actual doses than previously thought. Given that numerous studies find dozens, if not several hundred industrial chemicals in HBM, and that the health impacts of exposure to multiple synthetic chemicals remains largely unknown, it makes sense to seek inspiration from 3.8 billion years of biological chemistry to find effective, sophisticated, and life-friendly alternatives to conventional commercial chemicals.

Mark-01Curated by Mark Dorfman

Cybersecurity solutions: Threats and attacks aren’t new in nature

January 7th, 2017|Categories: Organizations, Resilience, Technology|Sectors: |

Cybersecurity solutions: Threats and attacks aren’t new in nature

The next generation of bioinspired cybersecurity research is emerging to adapt and evolve to new threats. Parasite-host interactions, the immune system, and predator-prey relationships are some ways that nature manages threats and attacks, according to this recently published paper. Symbiotic interactions and collaborative relationships, along with many other mechanisms in nature, suggest more ideas on how to stay sharp.

Robyn-01Curated by Robyn Klein

Learning from rapid evolution to help minimize industrial chemical effects

December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Resilience, Waste|Sectors: , |

Learning from rapid evolution to help minimize industrial chemical effects

According to this Science article, Scientists have recently discovered that the Atlantic killifish has developed strategies that sidestep the potentially toxic effects of some industrial chemicals that never existed in nature before—a process that typically takes many generations to acquire, if at all. Understanding the function and structure of proteins or metabolic mechanisms responsible for this resistance could inspire new strategies to protect other species including humans.

Mark-01Curated by Mark Dorfman

Important evolutionary lessons from giraffe necks

December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Engineering, Materials, Product Design, Resilience, Structures|Sectors: , , , , , |

Important evolutionary lessons from giraffe necks

Giraffes remind us of life’s “evolutionary baggage”—an important awareness in the practice of biomimicry. Nature’s solutions are local optima (not usually global), yet amazingly still offer huge insights into life’s work-arounds. This fascinating Nautilus article offers a plethora of giraffe lessons worth exploring.

Dayna-01Curated by Dayna Baumeister