Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies. 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.

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The second thing is that this book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published. Organisms know how to do these things.

This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry. All in all, though, I would really recommend this book as an eye-opener for changing our views on growing food, harnessing energy, medicine, and many other basic human needs. I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.

There might be another way to create the color blue. For some reason this includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs in making Styrofoam.

A inspiration for mankind. Design Recommender The 7 best tools for making your most productive year yet Co. So, the real question is: While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best. The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to This book was a revelation for me.


If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it. The rainwater balls them away, pearls them away. When light reflects back to us through the layers, it creates the color blue or green or gold to your eye. Reminded me of Cradle to Cradle, but also felt a bit dated.

And biologists do not work at these companies, primarily.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

I was in my office in Oakland, California. Two Steps Forward Biomimicry Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry 3. However, I think this book is interesting as an artifact of zeitgeist of 20 years ago.

Having finished this book, I feel justified in my own personal awe and wonder in how trees, plants venyus animals thrive in ways that we are too theoretically advanced but practically primitive to understand.

Over time, it got to be four file folders. She is also President of The Biomimicry Institutea non-profit janiine whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design.

Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read her account of the energy dynamics of nature’s building method’s and sustainability strategies.

For instance, people were asking for years and years, “How do we reduce the amount of carbon in our products? May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: A conversation with Janine Benyus.

Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. Fascinating new angle to look at the nature! The section on how will we make things biomimicrj had some interesting ideas again had some fascinating concepts, like talking about how mussels adhere to rocks underwater and how spider silk is stronger than steel yet made without intense heat, pressure, or nasty chemicals.


Her premise isn’t bipmimicry standard concept of “biomimicry”: Lists with This Book. That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool.

This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped chapter, lacking in the passion and clarity which Benyus imbued in the others.

Another thing I would call us is sleuths.

Janine Benyus

There is much more to this book. 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. And then the phone started ringing. 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. The book is split into several sections, each answering a question of how we will tackle an obstacle of our life if we no longer follow the rules of a modern society, but instead follow only the rules of nature.

Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. There have not been enough psychological studies on ownership to assume that everyone will function successfully in such a world without creating even more waste.