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. 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.

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Janine Benyus

Design What Apple needs to nenyus in and beyond Co. When rainwater comes, it balls up. Which is just mind-blowing in and of itself; can we take a moment to marvel at natural selection?

There is no such thing as a permament separation for as long as we reside on this planet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature. No trivia or quizzes yet.

She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly henyus The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in What does that mean? Two Steps Forward Biomimicry The watchword right now is resilience in the face of change. Another thing I would call us is sleuths.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action – AskNature

How would nature recover fresh water from salt water? For instance, take a peacock feather. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. Dec 23, T. Paperbackpages. I once served on the Institute’s board ; and the Global Biomimicry Networkwhich brings together thousands of students and practitioners working to use nature’s teachings to solve design challenges.

How does nature shape and maintain community? That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and biomimkcry nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool.


We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so.

Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montanaand works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. The second thing is that this book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published.

Each chapter talks about a different aspect of life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things. Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing. Most of the chapters consist of the author attempting to digest the literature of speculation and research and looking for salvation in the efforts of scientists to copy God’s creation.

Biomimicry @ A conversation with Janine Benyus | GreenBiz

And then the phone started ringing. I think a lot of people are grappling with that right now: Biomimicry Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor anyone else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners.

Plus I am irrationally annoyed when I read sentences like: If you go back to the original circular economy document, the McKinsey document PDFthere were two fundamental pieces of work that they based circular economy on, one of which was biomimicry.

This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped chapter, lacking in the passion and clarity which Benyus imbued in the others. What led you to write “Biomimicry” in the first place? InBenyus co-founded a non-profit organization which launched AskNature.

Given that the reader continually harps on the high level of design and skill it takes merely to mimic creation, it is striking that she is entirely blind to the intelligence and skill it took to create the same facets of plant and animal life that she views with such rapturous pleasure.


In biomimicry, we bring in biologists to the design table. Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Janine Benyus provides great examples such as how whale fins provide enhanced wind turbines that are quieter, to how integrating multiple crops within a single field provides natural insect protection. Ecosystems are completely efficient role models and after reading this, I am certainly questioning how we got so far off the right path, and what it will take for our development to get back on the correct path and to follow the designs of nature.

Dec 26, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. I mean, our work does start with trying to get people to talk about their issue in a way that breaks them out of the normal incremental solution path.

Bennyus would think that the notion of a circular economy would play right into your hands. I ebnyus it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it.