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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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Yes, we have Spotify and electric rental cars, but they didn’t change big thing, unfortunately. Nov 22, Giorgi Burduli rated it it was amazing. Some parts of it I found really interesting, some not enough developped or a little bit too far fetched, only full of descriptions of new developping technologies and some of them, according to wikipedia, finally failed or weren’t viable.

How do they keep the dust off of them?

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

And then I picked up Fortune in March. Reading this book was depressing.

Fascinating new angle to look at the nature! Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems. It is not so readable as a result, and the chapters are highly episodic as opposed to cumulative. I ended up jainne a bit in hopes of just gaining the larger idea.

There is much more to janinw book. She serves on a number of land use committees Janine M.

Anyways, despite this book being a bit outdated, and despite a few sections of way-too-drawn-out-biology for my liking, I still really enjoyed this benyis. While I am not scientifically illiterate, I certaily don’t have an in depth understanding of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Biomimicry has been going on for a long time. Reading this book was a frustrating experience for many reasons.

This book is an eye opener for those who may not bennyus aware of progress has been made inspired by nature. Design Recommender The 7 best tools for making your most productive year yet Co. Lists with This Book.


Jun 17, Lizzy rated it liked it. That biomimicgy, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool.

It’s a great introduction to biomimicry and how we can not only evolve, but become more in tune with nature to optimize and benyhs the lifestyles we live today in hopes of preserving that for generations to come. Don’t get me wrong, this book was hard to read. After reading it, there are many advancements that have been developed since then and a second biomiicry could easily be made with the new technologies. You hear them called regenerative principles, or living systems principles.

The 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.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action | TED Talk

Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely. 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 biomimifry on the state of biomimicry.

I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive. 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.

I wish there was an updated version of this book janime 20 years changes a lot. In many cases, these bennyus are in plain sight: In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. The author attempts to make too many connections between the brain and biomimicy. This was where I started to feel like I was in a time warp, as she talked about the biological computers and suggested that early version may be available in the next 5 years or so There have been fads about all kinds of plants that were supposed to provide medicines some have and end our reliance on hydrocarbons they haven’tand renewable energy continues to have a fairly pitiful total share of our energy sources even today while fracking has given fossil fuels a new lease on life.


One can see in the twenty years between biomimiicry 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 future of science and engineering for the layman. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

Think about the Wright brothers looking at turkey vultures to learn about drag and lift in flight. Then you break it open. Books by Janine M.

I appreciate natural beauty and an elegant design solution as much as the next guy, and clearly natural designs often demonstrate extreme economy of necessity. For one, the tone of the author read like someone who was proselytizing for a false religion, namely the heathen worship of the earth mother, which did not bode well for my enjoyment of the book as a whole.

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