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  • Biomimicry Toolbox
    By applying nature’s design lessons, we can create solutions that help support a healthy planet. This digital resource site from the Biomimicry Institute provides a quick-start guide to biomimicry, introducing the core concepts and methods that are essential to successfully incorporate insights from nature into design. https://toolbox.biomimicry.org/
  • Video: Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2015 - BioNurse
    A team from the Ceres Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation in Chile has created a new way to not only help new seedlings grow, but restore degraded soils back to health. The BioNurse returns vitality to the soil by improving conditions for seedlings and exposing them to a mix of nutrients, microbiology and hygroscopic components. It is fabricated with natural fibers and biodegrades after one season. The plants growing from it will be capable of reproducing the same conditions in a natural way and, after two or three seasons, the soil will be productive again. For the BioNurse, the team was inspired by the way that hardy “nurse” plants establish themselves in degraded soils and pave the way for new plant species to grow. With 25% of the world’s soils degraded, this innovation provides a way to grow and protect new plants and ensure that the soil can be regenerated to feed our growing population. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgjRAZusTaY
  • Video: Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2015 - HIPS
    This team from South Africa has designed a peer-to-peer networking app called HIPS whose algorithm mimics the way that large collectives in nature, such as a flock of birds or a school of fish, function. The goal is to enable small scale intensive food production systems by providing a dynamically-distributed, peer-to-peer tool to help manage and coordinate their efforts. First, the app will enable food producers to connect with other producers (permaculture, organic, biodynamic – urban or rural) to create a local swarm in which resources can be shared and local exchanges and transactions are conducted. Next, the app connects local swarms with each other to create a regional swarm and establish a produce hub. Finally, it records surplus produce for sale and, once sold, enables coordination with other swarms and members to facilitate distribution logistics. This software facilitates and optimises logistics, provides a medium for fair exchange of value, and provides incentives to food producers to employ best practices in a resilient, distributed value network comprised of collectives of autonomous food producers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXuzytvdvrM&list=PLRmMq_ZoYztxwYN6KSu2tSHvJ0MdntBzF&index=4
  • Video: What is Biomimicry?
    Biomimicry Is Innovation Inspired By Nature. Learn more in this video by Fast Company that speaks to Janine Benyus founder of the Biomimicry Institute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBUpnG1G4yQ
  • Article: Bio-inspired materials—borrowing from nature's playbook
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  • Article: Nanotechnology materials inspired by nature
    The remarkable properties of some natural materials have motivated many researchers to synthesize biomimetic nanocomposites and other nanostructured materials that attempt to reproduce Nature’s achievements. Nanotechnology researchers involved in improving man-made composite materials are trying to understand how some of the amazing high-performance materials found in Nature can be copied or even improved upon.
  • Article: Nature inspired cities and architecture
    Nature is a “forgotten public health resource”. Benefitting physical, mental and social health, access to nature has been shown to reduce stress and improve coping mechanisms. Where nature once surrounded us, we now live in what Michael Bloomberg described as the “era of cities”, with more than two-thirds of humans estimated living in cities by 2050. Increased urbanisation comes with a perceived disconnect from nature, causing modern city-dwellers to crave contact with nature, and aspire to create the blue and green spaces we perceive as vital to our wellbeing.
  • Article: Nature-Inspired Design- 10 Examples of Biomimicry
    Have you ever looked at a man-made structure that reminded you of something found in nature? If so, that probably wasn’t by accident, but by design. Biomimicry is an innovative approach to design that not only looks to mimic nature but also to build structures that are sustainable based on the best that our planet has to offer. Here are just ten glorious examples of biomimicry from around the globe.
  • Article: Potential 3D printing materials inspired by nature: Chitin, Graphene, Glass and Cellulose
    Potential 3D printing materials inspired by nature
  • Article: The best of biomimicry: Here’s 7 brilliant examples of nature-inspired design
    Sometimes the best solution to a problem isn’t alway the most complex, and, similarly, the best answer isn’t always a new one one. While us humans may just be getting our feet wet (relatively speaking) with ingenuity, the animal kingdom has millennia of evolutionary trial-and-error to learn from...
  • Ask Nature: Biomimicry Lesson Resource
    Check out this Biomimicry resource by Ask Nature, a digital platform that connects innovators with the knowledge, ideas, and people that will enable them to imagine and develop circular and resilient solutions to society’s greatest challenges.
  • Resource: Biomimicry Global Design Challenge
    The science is clear and so is our imperative. To reverse course, we need a new generation of innovators who know how to create human materials, products, and systems that are regenerative, circular, and generous to all species. Are you ready to learn how to design generously through the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge? Our challenge is this: Create a nature-inspired innovation (a product, service, or system) that aligns with one or more Sustainable Development Goals, outlined by the United Nations. https://challenge.biomimicry.org/en/challenge/global-design-challenge-2020
  • Resource: Lightweighting principles inspired by nature
    During her Synapse webinar, Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones, Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder and author Janine Benyus reviewed a set of twelve lightweighting principles inspired by the natural world. Now, we’ve turned that into an infographic as a quick and easy reference to how nature uses materials efficiently and creatively without compromising functionality.
  • Slide Show: Nature inspired architecture and cities: Futurist Architect Vincent Callebaut
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  • Student example: Bio-inspired drawing samples
    To get you ready for the project of doing a nature-inspired drawing informed by the topic of pollinator decline and biodiversity loss. here are some examples
  • Student Example: Nature inspired industrial design sneaker by student
    Example of nature inspired industrial design sneaker by RISD student
  • Video: Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2015 - Jube
    Edible insects may be one of the answers to our global food crisis. They are high in protein and rich in essential micronutrients, such as iron and zinc. They also don’t need as much space as livestock, emit lower levels of greenhouse gases, and have an extremely high feed conversion rate. The BioX team from Thailand developed Jube, a bio-inspired chamber for capturing edible insects, the food of the future. After studying a range of carnivorous plants, the team decided to base their design on the Genlisea violacea “lobster-pot trap.” This is a Y-shaped modified leaf chamber that is easy to enter, but not to exit due to its inward-pointing hair, which force the prey to move in a particular direction. To use Jube, the user puts insect food into the bottom part of the device to lure the insects. Once the insects follow the odor and step into Jube, they can’t turn back. This device promotes a more sustainable way to incorporate protein and nutrients into the world’s diet by offering an insect-capturing device that is unique and beautifully crafted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oglRLGPVoVA&list=PLRmMq_ZoYztxwYN6KSu2tSHvJ0MdntBzF&index=5
  • Video: Nature-inspired materials
    AsianScientist (May 17, 2016) – When it comes to developing the right material for the right job, Nature has had a several million year head start. In the past two decades, materials scientists have been at the forefront of efforts to replicate the fascinating structures inspired by the natural world, breaking new ground in a rich area of study called biomimicry.
  • Video: The world is poorly designed. But copying nature helps.
    Biomimicry-the design movement pioneered by biologist and writer Janine Benyus. She's a co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit encouraging creators to discover how big challenges in design, engineering, and sustainability have often already been solved through 3.8 billion years of evolution on earth. See real world application in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMtXqTmfta0
  • Video:12 sustainable design ideas from nature | Janine Benyus
    In this inspiring TED talk about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build.
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