Introduction to Biomimicry - Biomimicry, Living Buildings, and Sucessful Thinking

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What does nature have to teach us about how to be more successful in our products, buildings, businesses and society?

With 3.8 billion years of experience, it turns out that nature can teach us plenty! In this brief seminar, we’ll begin to explore the new field of biomimicry - what it is, what it isn’t, and how to use it to become more successful in your practices. Examples will include the development of better products, improved performance in business and organizations, and how the Living Building Challenge applies the ideas to the built environment. Wear your running shoes!

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Introduction to Biomimicry - Biomimicry, Living Buildings, and Sucessful Thinking

  1. 1. Helping people achieve very energy efficient buildings
  2. 2. MC Escher “Metamorphosis III” (mirror-image)
  3. 3. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a quieter, more efficient BULLET TRAIN!
  4. 4. ContextIndustrial revolution: 180 ybpHunters to farmers: 12,000 ybpHomo sapiens sapiens: 50,000 ybpLife on earth: 3,850,000,000 ybp BIOMIMICRY NATURE: SUCCESSFUL: Products Model Buildings Mentor Businesses Measure Society
  5. 5. Why is it important?  Provides a useful way define success  Learn from the masters  Game changer: new paradigm  An idea, a discipline, problem solver  Permeates creativity and life
  6. 6. What is it / define Biomimicry: “The conscious emulation of life’s genius” “Innovation inspired by Nature”Biomimicry is learning about from, then emulating, natural:  Forms  Processes  Ecosystems to create more sustainable designs and systems.
  7. 7. Nature as Model, Mentor, Measure Nature has already solved many of our problems!! Manufacturers at ambient temperatures (without heat/beat/treat) Runs on local energy (sunlight) and water Interactive, resilient, always life-friendly Let’s observe how she does it …
  8. 8. See pagesAsk Nature.org biomimicryinstitute.org biomimicryguild.com
  9. 9. Real Life Examples
  10. 10. http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/case-studies/case-studies/transportation.html
  11. 11. http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/case-studies/case-studies/climate-change.html
  12. 12. Transportation Consumer Adhesives Goods Sports Alternative Energy Technology Architecture Nanotechnology Manufacturing MedicineEngineering Courtesy: San Diego Zoo, Biomimicry Group
  13. 13. How do we do this? 1. Biology to Design 2. Challenge to Biology What problem do we want to solve?Assisted by Biologist / Biomimic at the Design Table (BaDT)
  14. 14. Begin to practice:“Quiet your cleverness”Learn to see, understand, appreciate, emulate …
  15. 15. How do we do this?
  16. 16. Eg: How does Nature keep things clean?
  17. 17. Eg: How can organizations be more effective?
  18. 18. Eg: How does Nature create more fertility?
  19. 19. Bio-what?
  20. 20. Bio-what? examples
  21. 21. Bio-what? examples
  22. 22. title
  23. 23. Applying ideas to the built environment … Living Building Challenge Site Water Buildings Energy Cities Health MaterialsNeighborhoods Equity Societies Beauty What if … every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?
  24. 24. ContextIndustrial revolution: 180 ybpHunters to farmers: 12,000 ybpHomo sapiens sapiens: 50,000 ybpLife on earth: 3,850,000,000 ybp BIOMIMICRY NATURE: SUCCESSFUL: Products Model Buildings Mentor Businesses Measure Society
  25. 25. leapfrogWe have the opportunity to leapfrog over industrial technologies…
  26. 26. “My society and I enjoy sustainable prosperity.”
  27. 27. Dreams
  28. 28. What’s next? What isBiomimicry?
  29. 29. This is just the beginning … Helping people achieve very energy efficient buildingsBeth Brummitt 619-531-1126 www.brummitt.com

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