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Want Sustainable Designs...think Biomimicry

Want Sustainable Designs...think Biomimicry


Janine Benyus (credit: TED conferenes)


Coming up with new and sustainable designs for architecture, robotics, or other useful products is a long process. Designers and engineers should take more advantage of the results from evolution by using biomimicry, taking ideas from nature. The slow but continuous 'trial and error' that evolution provides via natural selection has created a wealth efficient designs that have survived the test of time. They offer excellent biological analogs for engineers, designers, and builders. Several examples of using biomimicry were offered by researcher Janine Benyus who examines nature for new and more sustainable designs. A great deal more ideas could be garnered from nature. WHB

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