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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Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature.

The computer technologies went a bit over my head. You learn that energy is valuable. The famous example is the lotus leaf. Jul 23, Apoorv Biomumicry rated it really liked it. There have been fads about all kinds of plants that were supposed to provide medicines some have and end our biomimifry on hydrocarbons they haven’tand renewable energy continues to have a fairly pitiful total share of our benyux sources even today while fracking has given fossil fuels a new lease on life.

Jankne last part of this section was more sensible, talking about the most strategic way to discover as many useful medical compounds as possible in the face of threatened extinctions. I was in my office in Oakland, California. The basic premise is that we should be looking towards nature to solve all of our most pressing problems: I am excited to look for updated material to benyhs what pr Biomimicfy 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.

We look through the biological literature. However, I tire fairly easily of the patronizing tone of the “environmentally enlightened” and do not enjoy when authors shrug off religious ideas as if they were relics.

Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. Dec 26, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, it means a network of 52 countries with a common law.

There are a few gems of ideas jwnine the book, but the tone veers too much toward preachy and has too many far-fetched oddities. With Benyus’s humor and wit you will find this compendium of technologies very palatable and informational if not inspiring; be forewarned there is a good amount of information in this biomkmicry, do take a week to read it for maximum enjoyment! The or so pages of this book are divided into eight chapters that ask why we are talking about biomimicry now, how we may feed ourselves in the future, how we will harness energy, how we will make things, how we will heal ourselves, how we will store what we learn, how will we conduct business, and where we will go from here.


Benyus is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. That said, the whole book was great.

Another thing I would call us is sleuths. How would nature recover fresh water from salt water?

Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

Buildings Inspired by Nature. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature.

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. And what can we learn from that about the systems that we live in?

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. As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain. 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 create energy, Biomimicry is riveting.

Nov 05, Nathan rated it really liked it Shelves: Again, go to biomimicry. It makes us think differently about carbon.

Can we grow food in polycultures? They do their chemistry in water. I bioimicry to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book. Also, I’m an economist, and I was a bit miffed that Benyus only focused on interviewing “industrial ecologists” – a field I’m unfamiliar with, but that sounded a lot like environmental economics.

Nature has answers, if we ask the right questions.

Biomimicry @ A conversation with Janine Benyus | GreenBiz

Lists with This Book. It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into benyuus. The book mentions the buying and selling of pollution permits which had just gone into effect when the book was piblished as jaanine ah-ha moment that was going to change industry, and now, looking back, we know that is not the case. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Her company, The Biomimicry Group, encourages biologists at the design table to ask: How does nature filter?


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.

Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3. 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. And therefore you need a chemistry that disassembles and assembles safely in life-friendly ways. Great concepts, but much of what she preaches feels like old news by now.

Loved reading about the physical structure of Abalone shells, and the way animals ate to heal themselves. Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry 3.

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

Just check out a DVD from the library or rent one from your local video store if you don’t believe me. In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs.

The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated. I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders on condescension.

If we understand that as we try to move from a linear, mechanical kind of metaphor to a living systems one — a circular one — we actually have the chemistries and the best practices at our fingertips. How will we heal ourselves biomiicry awesome.

The book is inspiring for those with the love of biology and engineering.