The term biomimicry comes from the Greek words bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate. Nature offers elegant solutions to solve many challenges. From birds diving effortless in to water barely causing ripples, burrs sticking to fur, climate controlled termite hills, to water collecting desert beetles.
Nature has been around for 3.8 billion years and life has been evolving to ever changing conditions, resulting in a wide variety of species adapted to survive in their local environment. The field of Biomimicry will guide us in how to apply these proven adaptations and strategies into the human world.
Biomimicry offers steps, guidelines, and life principles for how to solve human challenges. It looks into nature for ideas, strategies and technology to find solutions. Nature offers countless examples with technological sustainable solutions to learn from. In the context of innovation and design, biomimicry is the design and production of materials, structures, and system that are modeled on biological entities and processes. Biomimicry solves problems nature’s way.
Photography: Kingfisher, courtesy of Paul Sawer; Train, photo by Laszlo Ilyes; Namib desert beetle, photo by James Anderson; Dew Pan, courtesy Yanko Design; Burr, photo by Richard Wheeler; Termite hill/Harare Building, source biomimicry institute