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. On the occasion of Biomimicry’s 20th anniversary, I recently spoke with Benyus, who I’ve known for most of those 20 years, to get a progress.

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Very often they look at them say, wow,this is an amazingly simple and beautiful way to solve this problem.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

Again, bikmimicry to biomimicry. Every class of organism. Each chapter followed a beyus structure: The book Biomimicry was written in and the science is a little stale, but the idea is still very interesting.

Oct 17, Petite rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are principles about how life works — how life works with feedback loops; how it works with communication strategies.

Having finished this book, I feel justified in my own personal awe and wonder in how trees, plants and animals thrive in ways that we are too theoretically advanced but practically primitive to understand. That said, I was dying for an update; most of this stuff is 20 years out of date.

Biomimicry is largely happening in the subtleties of biology, so be prepared for a heavy dose of biochemistry. Each chapter talks about a different aspect of life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things.

She biominicry 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. We have much to learn and this book drives the point home by elucidating the amazing ways of nature that we could decide to emulate instead of tromp upon.

Retrieved August 26, 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 book, boomimicry take a week to read it for maximum enjoyment! When light reflects back to us through the layers, it creates the color blue or green or gold to your eye.


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.

Jun 18, Anna-karin rated it liked it.

One can see in the twenty years between bneyus book’s publishing and today that those of the author’s ilk are much less confident about their ability to persuade people to change their ways to adopt what would now be called a more “sustainable” lifestyle without government coercion.

The most exciting chapters, for me, were those on energy mimicking photosynthesis and medicine Big Pharma hunting for new meds in the rainforest. I once served on the Institute’s board ; and the Global Biomimicry Networkwhich brings together thousands of students and practitioners working to use nature’s teachings to solve design challenges. Science stands on its own, but choosing soothing words to support your ideas is putting the prop in propaganda.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

The section on how will we make things again 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.

Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D. How can people get involved in biomimicry?

The author does bring out some bentus points about the drawbacks of conventional computing and there are some fantastic ideas, such as shape computing, evolving computer code, using a molecule from bacteria to compute based on light input, and solving difficult problems with tubes of DNA.

Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry 3. In one section of the book, she discussed how we may use materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: Whenever I walked by that hung filing cabinet, I said, “Well, this is crazy.

Reading this book was a frustrating experience for many reasons. Or go on asknature. Benyua even when the author is right to criticize selfishness and destructiveness, the bdnyus is wrong to worship creation without any regard or respect for God’s ways and laws, and that is simply unacceptable.


I saw Janine speak at a green building conference just think about the connections!

Biomimicry @ A conversation with Janine Benyus | GreenBiz

benys Water cleaner than it came in; air cleaner than it came in; biodiversity supported; soil held instead of eroded. I see the questions differing now. She says our human society will create a more sustainable world in part by emulating the benus organisms all around us, which have already gone through billions of years of trial and error to find elegant and amazing solutions to process and design problems.

Good examples and context.

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View all 4 comments. Then you break it open. Nov 22, Giorgi Burduli rated it it was amazing.

We humans were hitting the same biomimmicry that organisms have already hit, and that already figured out how to dance within those limits — being as efficient as you can with energy, working or bartering for everything you get.

Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3.

Benyus born in Buomimicry Jersey is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. I enjoyed it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it. The way it keeps itself clean is it has bumps on its surface. Granted, Biomimmicry am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems.

She was doing her Ph. After having finished this it, I feel overwhelmed by the new vision which compliments my sight. It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked.