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Biomimicry is the discipline of biomimicry takes its name from the greek words ‘bios’, meaning life and ‘mimesis’, meaning to imitate. As its name might suggest, biomimicry involves the study of nature’s designs and mimicking them to solve human challenges. Tried, tested and proven are not necessarily what comes to mind when you think of nature and its inhabitants  however, nature has already found solutions to many of the problems we are trying to solve. They have found what works, what is appropriate, and most importantly, what lasts here on Earth.

 

 Examples

Source: biomimicryinstitute.org. The Eastgate Center in Harare, Zimbabwe, stays cool thanks to a termite-inspired ventilation system.

Source: biomimicryinstitute.org.
The Eastgate Center in Harare, Zimbabwe, stays cool thanks to a termite-inspired ventilation system. Benefits, Eastgate uses only 10 percent of the energy of a conventional building its size, saved 3.5 million in air conditioning costs in the first five years, and has rents that are 20% lower than a newer building next door.

 

 

Source: bloomberg.com turbine blades inpired by the Humpback whales warty ridges, called tubercles, on the front edge of their fins.

Source: bloomberg.com
turbine blades inpired by the Humpback whales warty ridges, called tubercles, on the front edge of their fins.

Source: bloomberg.com Gecko Feet  inspired Adhesives. Geckskin, an adhesive so strong that an index-card-size strip can hold up to 700 pounds.

Source: bloomberg.com
Gecko Feet inspired Adhesives. Geckskin, an adhesive so strong that an index-card-size strip can hold up to 700 pounds.

 

 

References

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry: Nature as R&D Lab – Bloomberg. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2013-08-18/14-smart-inventions-inspired-by-nature-biomimicry.html#slide10

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry: Nature as R&D Lab – Bloomberg. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2013-08-18/14-smart-inventions-inspired-by-nature-biomimicry.html#slide11

Biomimicry Institute – Termite-Inspired Air Conditioning. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://biomimicryinstitute.org/case-studies/case-studies/termite-inspired-air-conditioning.html

biomimicry – finding design inspiration in nature. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.designboom.com/contemporary/biomimicry.html

What is Biomimicry? – AskNature – AskNature. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.asknature.org/article/view/what_is_biomimicry

 

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