Diaochan Chen, Kristina Ireland, Karim
Moussaoui, Michael Santerre
What is Biomimicry?
2 Google Dictionary
the design and production of
materials, structures, and
systems that are modeled on
biological entities and processes.
disrupts the formation of
eddies (for speed) &
• Surfaces in hospitals
a lot of cooling chimneys
• Sustainable design
Why is biomimicry important?
• The more our world functions like the natural world,
the more likely we are to endure on this home that is
ours, but not ours alone.
• Biomimicry uses an ecological standard to judge the
sustainability of our innovations - after 3.8 billion years
of evolution, nature has learned what works and what
• Use of ‘sustainable design’ concepts so that there is no
such thing as waste – move towards the ‘circular
• Biomimicry is a new way of viewing and valuing
nature. It introduces an era based not on what we can
extract from the natural world, but what we can learn
5 The Biomimicry Institute [http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org]
• Artificial LeafTechnology developed by Professor Daniel NACERA at MIT
(mimicry of photosynthesis) this technology can create sustainable energy at
• Shrilk a thin, flexible component inspired by dragonfly skeleton component
the chitin that is easy and affordable to produce, it can replace the plastic
• Zone libellule (Dragonfly) developed by GDF Suez by recreating a biodiversity
zone downriver of water treatment plant that purify waste waters