BIOMIMICRY Nature as Model, Measure, and Mentor BI-O-MIM-IC-RY ( From the Greek bios, life, and mimesis, imitation) Nature as model. Biomimicry is a new science that studies Nature’s models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems.
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Nature as Model, Measure, and Mentor
Energy Efficiency: Learning from Nature how to create flow without friction.
PAX Fans and Impellers
Design: How does Nature attach and detach?
The Lotus Effect
Architecture: Learning from termites how to create sustainable buildings:
Passive Climate Control in the Eastport Building, Harare Zimbabwe
The Shinkansen Bullet Train in Japan
Human Safety: smoothly?
Learning from Dolphins how to warn people about Tsunamis
Climate Change: smoothly?
Learning from human lungs how to sequester carbon
Function is the pivot between life’s wisdom and what we
are trying to achieve intentionally.
The Biomimicry Guild has produced an organized collection of functions that covers everything that life does and that we might want a design to do.
The functions are grouped by similarity so it’s called a taxonomy (an organized system of naming) of functions.
So, you want a design to pull moisture
out of air and cool the air!
After defining operating parameters, ask:
“How does Nature do that function HERE?
In these conditions?”
Specific to your desired function, what does each strategy have in common?
How are they different?
Does the design
“create conditions conducive to life”?
Thank your teacher (Nature) for the inspiration
Nature as Mentor sustainably
* Incredibly competent universe
* Nature’s living examples
* Can live abundantly
and enhance where you live
* Much older mentors have
figured it out
* We can do the same thing
– JANINE BENYUS
How can EPA use Biomimicry to meet our mission?
Where are the leverage points EPA can use to promote Biomimicry as part of a sustainable ecosystem approach?