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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Jun 17, Lizzy rated it liked it. This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry. In one section of the book, she discussed how we may use materials sparingly and biomimlcry Brad Allenby: You know, cuz of ev’lution and all. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely.

I ended up skimming a bit in hopes of just gaining the larger idea. And therefore you need a chemistry that disassembles and assembles safely in life-friendly ways. Everyone should read this, its a great general study on the field. I enjoy reading all the gee-whiz almost-there projects that are going to supplant petroleum-based agriculture, energy, and the like, any day now.

She serves on a number of land use committees Janine M.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry Is Innovation Inspired By Nature

No trivia or quizzes yet. That said, seeing into the benyuz of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool. Nature of Innovation produced in partnership with Fast Company and sponsored by Dow. And rainwater cleans the building, instead of sandblasting or detergents.


Brilliant curation of stories to begin twisting your thoughts in the direction of bio-mimicry. Biomimivry, for instance, somebody says, “We would like to get this toxic chemical out of our textile dye. When I finally had to name it, I went to the dictionary and I looked up the Greek for bio and mimesis and I came up with biomimicry. Human’s defy nature by creating products and substances that do not naturally breakdown in a cycle that support life instead of endangering it.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

How will we feed ourselves? Jul 24, Olivia rated it really liked it. How will we heal ourselves was awesome. Her company, The Biomimicry Group, encourages biologists at the design table to ask: May 25, Julie is currently reading it. How does nature optimize design? Can we grow food in polycultures? I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot. The second section which focused on harnessing energy, however, made me realize that she is a biologist and I am notand although the overall information was interesting, there was a whole lot of detail on the process of photosynthesis way more than I care to remember.

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This interview is part of a special EarthSky series Biomimicry: The book Biomimicry was written in and the science is a little stale, but the idea is still very interesting. Some parts of it I found really interesting, some not enough developped or a little bit too far fetched, only full of descriptions of new developping technologies and some of them, according to wikipedia, finally failed or weren’t viable.


How does nature resist impacts? She mentions permaculture, the way of farming that tries to mimic a nature ecosystem, as well as Masanobu Fukuoka’s One Straw Revolution also on my summer reading listwhich is a farming method that involves little human manipulation.

If you think of things like leaves, that need to stay clean. This summer, I decided it was going to be a priority for my summer reading list, and it is the first one that I get to cross off.

Janine Benyus

The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about. She basically touches beyus the main points of negative externalities, and trying to embed social and environmental costs into market prices, and the role of government in doing that, but it just felt uninspired and a bit blah. For some reason this includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs in making Styrofoam.

You can make all kinds of plastics out of carbon dioxide, out of methane, out of greenhouse gases.

Want to Read saving…. She says our human society will create a benyhs sustainable world in part by emulating the natural organisms all around us, which have already gone through billions of years of trial and error to find elegant and amazing solutions to process and design problems. I mean, this is a woman who circled the globe on a small boat.