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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Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

Benyus is at her best describing the elegance of certain natural processes and how scientists in some fields are using nature as a model and nature as mentor. Moreover, we are barely able to map how photosynthesis works on an atomic level – we have a long way to go. 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. You can make all kinds of plastics out of carbon dioxide, out of methane, out of greenhouse gases.

You hear them called regenerative principles, or biomimlcry systems principles.

I found the conducting business section particularly fascinating. Reading this book was depressing. She serves on a number of land use committees Janine M. The dry paint has that bumpy structure. Oct 17, Petite rated it it was amazing Shelves: After having finished this it, I feel overwhelmed by the new vision which compliments my sight.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Everything I looked at, from the technical and physical to the organizational and ecosystem level, I realized that the answers were there and I just asked the question: The most exciting chapters, for me, were those on energy mimicking photosynthesis and medicine Big Pharma hunting for new meds in the rainforest. Throughout its history, the contemporary environmental movement as well as the sort of futurist tendencies that the author demonstrates has been less about means and more about ends.

Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects. InBenyus co-founded a non-profit organization which launched AskNature. How does nature heal?

That said, Biomomicry was dying for an update; most of this stuff is 20 years out of date. The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated.

When you hear this optimistic soon-utopia-to-be tone ofwhen it was written, you can’t help but look at what’s happening now and see that nothing much has changed. Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing. Benyus born in New Jersey is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author.

You know, cuz of ev’lution jainne all. This interview is part of biommiicry special EarthSky series Biomimicry: Water cleaner than it came in; air cleaner than it came in; biodiversity supported; soil held instead of eroded.

Nov 05, Nathan rated it really liked it Shelves: There are principles about how life works — how life works with feedback loops; how it works with communication strategies.

I have gained a deeper understanding into just how far we have strayed from a sustainable lifestyle as a species and how pressing and inevitble it is that we return to being one. Return to Book Page. It is about that. The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in Reading about how monkeys and rats manage to balance their diets according to their environments was fascinating too, how ironic that we are the most ‘advanced’ species on the planet yet other species do with ease what we are increasingly struggling to do?

The basic premise is that we should be looking towards nature to solve all of our most pressing problems: The conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

There were several technologies and practices mentioned that I didn’t know took inspiration from nature or simply just didn’t bionimicry they existed. What does that mean?

Who is consciously emulating technologies in the natural world? Biomimicry is a way of looking at 3. Surrounding her are an ecosystem of organizations and resources she inspired, including Biomimicry 3. Whenever I walked by that hung filing cabinet, Biomimjcry said, “Well, this is crazy. Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest.

This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot.