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. 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.

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There is even a section on a certain type of monkey that seems to be able to choose the gender of their offspring by eating alkaline or acidic food during mating season. 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.

Biomiicry serves on a number of land use bebyus in her rural county, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated to place-based living and learning. It is a duty upon us to dial back our transgressions we have enacted since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in order to make this planet a safe, healthy and habitable place to live for our descendents to come.

Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. You realize that the materials are going to be circulated bbenyus your ecosystem.

What are the rules of mutualistic partnerships that maintain through time? The or so pages of this book are divided into eight chapters that ask why we are talking about biomimicry now, how we may feed ourselves in the future, how we will harness energy, how we will make things, how we will heal ourselves, how we will store what we learn, how will we conduct business, and where we will go from here.

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 report on the state of biomimicry. A well developed look into how biology can shape the world around us. Companies not only get a breakthrough product or process, but they wind up saving money.


So it is a team sport.

Throughout its history, the contemporary environmental movement as well as the sort of futurist tendencies that the author demonstrates has been less about means and biomimicey about ends. Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages. I have gained a deeper understanding into just how far we have strayed from a sustainable lifestyle as a species and how pressing and inevitble it is that we return to being one.

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. And in the 20 years since, the author, Janine Benyus, bio,imicry been spearheading a revolution in design thinking, getting companies, cities and others to look to nature and natural systems for answers to questions about how to harness nature’s wisdom to create products, buildings, cities and other things that are nontoxic, closed-loop, regenerative and, as she puts it, “conducive to life.

This book requires too much reading for what you get out of it. Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D. Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own.

Innovation Inspired by Nature. You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that i I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot.

Everything from the technical product or process challenge, all the way up to organizational challenges, how we network ourselves together.

How does nature heal? Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize fundamental truths about design and creation that were staring her in biommiicry face and that were pain I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book. Apr 10, Taryn rated it really liked it. The rainwater balls them away, pearls them away.

The author traveled and talked with many key people. Instead of going to depth of the problem, analysing it, the author proposes a journey through a possible utopia which is offered by biomimicry.


I had written five natural history books. The book Biomimicry was written in and the science is a little stale, but the idea is still very interesting. But I persevered, I ploughed through the book even though early on I was quite disillusioned that this wasn’t the flashy “cool examples of nature in everyday English”. 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 book.

So I think biomimicry is playing very well there.

Janine Benyus

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. And then the phone started ringing. It makes us think differently about carbon.

Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely. The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts.

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I see the questions differing now. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting. A inspiration for mankind. When rainwater comes, it balls up.

Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

That said, the whole book was great. Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature. Water cleaner than it came in; air cleaner than it came in; biodiversity supported; soil held instead of eroded. It talked about finding natural medicines by watching how animals heal themselves; what they eat when they have a parasite infection for example.

How would nature recover fresh water from salt water?