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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So it is a workforce issue, on one level. Design What Apple needs to fix in and beyond Co. The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read. Descriptions of the people working in this field are the kind of thing that usually bring a subject to life, but this time there are too many and too many technical details of things, including ones in the experimental stages that may or may not work out.

Oh, and there’s a TED talk. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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?

As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain. And I realized that it was the same things the sustainability movement was looking for. We look through the biological literature.

You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that i I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot.

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. Benyus writes eloquently and presents many ideas to learn from.


Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

What are the rules of mutualistic partnerships that maintain through time? This means that some of the ideas she has or predictions she made never did pan out the way she hopes, which almost puts the reader into some new reality where the present is still the future.

Janine Benyus provides great examples such as how whale fins provide enhanced wind turbines that are quieter, to how integrating multiple crops within a single field provides natural insect protection. Which is just mind-blowing in and of itself; can we take a moment to marvel at natural selection?

Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems. For some reason this includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs in making Styrofoam. Biomimicry has been going on for a long time. Well, it is a handful.

This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Biomimicry is a way of looking at 3. Granted, I 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.

And I am glad I did.

We are not separate from it. This book further reinforced the notion that as cliched as it sounds, we are a part of nature. Didi mentioned benhus, in addition to smoking elephant dung! It was about science, and I was shocked that the world read it. Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture.

It is at the time fascinating and sad to see this optimism and will to change the world for the better. Innovation Inspired by Nature.

Janine Benyus

That wording is the sort of institutional bias that runs rampant in this book, and in many other books and magazines in the future-utopia genre, and it never fails to irritate me, in exactly the same way that the phrase “unborn people” irritates me.


Want to Read saving…. The first thing I have to say about this book is that the concepts behind it are fabulous All in all, this can be a very tough book to read if you’re not especially scientifically minded, but if you persevere and understand the message it is very, very powerful.

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. When light reflects back to us through the layers, it creates the color blue or green or gold to your eye.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry Is Innovation Inspired By Nature

Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own. Everyone should read this, its a great general study on the field.

How does nature filter?

When rainwater comes, it balls up. Biomimicey had to return it to the library before I was able to finish, but I consider my decent skim to constitute completion. Just a good read! The Land Institute, http: 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. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature.

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. How will we heal ourselves was awesome.

We call ourselves BADT — biologists at the design table.