basics | bio-mimetic design

series: knowledge cards
May 10, 2019


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~ about
~ learning
~ by definition
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image | above
Photo of a human-made 3-D shape inspired by nature.


about | bio-mimetic design

The word bio-mimetic is a combination of 2 words:

BIO — meaning natural biology
+
MIMIC — meaning to imitate

A bio-mimetic design is a human-made creation that follows the look, feel, structure, morphology, composition, formation, and capabilities of biological materials + activities found in nature. It means to copy nature, or craft something inspired by nature. Researchers value the efficiency and complexity of nature’s substances and processes.

By watching nature’s intelligence in action, we can learn to:

  • craft complex machines
  • harness difficult materials
  • achieve robust movement physics
  • build better robots
  • examine sophisticated chemistry
  • design smarter cities

So bio-mimetic designers use nature’s toolkit. The best way to understand this technique is to see working examples. In the learning section below: you can explore a wide range of practical (and amazing) objects + machines — that were made with nature in mind.

Bio-mimetic design helps engineers, artists, physicians, biologists, architects, urban planners, machine + robotics experts, environmentalists: make things bigger, faster, stronger, and better.


on the web | learning

Bloomberg | Bio-Mimicry
deck: 14 smart inventions inspired by nature

Science Focus • by BBC | Bio-Mimetic Design
deck: 10 examples of nature inspiring technology

Digital Trends
| the Best of Bio-Mimicry
deck: 7 brilliant examples of nature inspired design


by definition | morphology

(noun) mor · phol · o · gy

The study of the forms of things.
A branch of biology that examines the form of living creatures.



on the web | pages

BioMimicry Institute | home
BioMimicry Institute | examples • shaping sustainable design + innovation

Ask Nature • by BioMimicry Institute | home


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