Awesome new resource for those delving into how nature influences design and how we can learn from nature to improve design.  It’s called Biomimicry and it’s an obsession of some of us here at The Lab.

Thorny Devil in Kalbarri National Park

“Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The core idea is that Nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with: energy, food production, climate control, non-toxic chemistry, transportation, packaging, and a whole lot more.”

The goddess of Biomimicry is Janine Benyus.  She has been studying and speaking about the topic and been its champion and pioneer.  Janine has teamed up with Autodesk to offer an online resource for those interested in learning more.

Check it out here.  To see how the Thorny Devil pictured above can help us gather water – go here.

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