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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Well, it means a network of 52 countries with a common law. I found the conducting business section particularly fascinating. The basic premise is that we should be looking towards nature to solve all of our most pressing problems: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s biommimicry in their designs. Dec 07, Nathan Albright rated it did not like it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Her premise isn’t the standard concept of “biomimicry”: Views Read Edit View history. You hear them called regenerative principles, or living systems principles.

I think some of the intensive details coul This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature. If we were to make it, we would use chemicals and pigments. Design The 15 coolest interfaces of the year. They use a small subset of the periodic table.

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

Another thing I would call us is sleuths. In one section of the book, she discussed how we may use materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: Innovation Inspired by Nature.

The second thing is that this book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superior technology than humans. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


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The section on how will we make things again had some interesting ideas again had some fascinating concepts, like talking about how mussels adhere to rocks underwater and how spider silk is stronger than steel yet made without intense heat, pressure, or nasty chemicals.

She is also President of The Biomimicry Institutea non-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design.

The first section I absolutely loved, especially as I am really into sustainable agriculture. So, for instance, somebody says, “We would like to get this toxic chemical out of our textile dye. I was in my office in Oakland, California. Return to Book Page.

InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild, the Innovation Consultancy, which helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models in order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life.

What led you to write “Biomimicry” in the first place? View all 4 comments. The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about.

There is also a part about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. Reading this book was a frustrating experience for many reasons. Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own.

What have you learned about asking the right questions? The author traveled and talked with many key people. When I finally had to name it, I went to the dictionary and I looked up the Greek for bio and mimesis and I came up with biomimicry. I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.

Benyus has authored six books on biomimicryincluding Biomimicry: With Benyus’s humor and wit you will find this compendium of technologies very palatable and informational if not inspiring; be forewarned there is a good amount of information in this book, do take a week to read it for maximum enjoyment!


This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature. Perhaps the weakest chapter was the final one, examining business and economics “like a redwood forest”. Reading about how monkeys and rats manage to balance their diets according to their environments was fascinating too, how ironic that we are the most ‘advanced’ species on the planet yet other species do with ease what we are increasingly struggling to do?

Jun 18, Anna-karin rated it liked it. Mar 12, Anggia Widhi rated it liked it. Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems.

Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

Dec 23, T. The dry paint has that bumpy structure. So Benyus’s chapter on bio-medical research hunting for drugs in the rainforest – and even investing resources into preserving indigenous knowledge of which plants heal, etc. The Land Institute, http: So Boomimicry think biomimicry is playing very well there.

So it is a workforce issue, on one level.

Science stands on its own, but choosing soothing words to support your ideas is putting the prop in propaganda. Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. Really fascinating bjomimicry and exciting to realize that there are more and more scientists who are starting to use this sort of technique.

Benys loved the understanding that it is we humans who bestow the title of “computer” upon an object which in our case is a silicon based piece of electrical hardware.

We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so. They ate wildrye because they were starving because their normal crops had failed.