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. Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired. Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies.

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Some might call the book outdated, but I feel it’s decent to begin the chapter of acceptance that we humans are not the best designers after all. Bio,imicry, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems.

When you hear this optimistic soon-utopia-to-be tone ofwhen it was written, you can’t help but look at what’s happening now and see that nothing much has changed. I think a lot of people are grappling with that right now: What are the rules of mutualistic partnerships that maintain through time?

The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts. This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat We are not separate from it. Quite often it was a bit more than I was comfortable going through.

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Preview — Biomimicry by Janine M. That changes the equation. Those are things that actually people can start to understand. I am trying to finish this book. We humans were hitting the same limits that organisms have already hit, and that already figured out how to dance within those limits — being as efficient as you can with energy, working or bartering for everything you get.

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Ecosystems are completely efficient role models and after reading this, I am certainly questioning how we got so far off the right path, and what it will take for our development to get back on the correct path and to follow the designs of nature.

View the discussion thread. Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read her account of the energy dynamics of nature’s building method’s and sustainability strategies.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Great concepts, but much of what she preaches feels like old news by now. Two Steps Forward Biomimicry From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are biomimicey in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting.

I enjoy reading all the gee-whiz almost-there projects that are going to supplant petroleum-based agriculture, energy, and the like, any day now. So, for instance, somebody says, “We would like to get this toxic chemical out of our textile dye.

Her premise isn’t the standard concept of “biomimicry”: Benyus bomimicry in New Jersey is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely.

Along the way, Benyus has garnered two honorary doctorates and bdnyus clutch of prestigious awards and honors.


For some reason blomimicry includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs in making Styrofoam. I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders on condescension. Reading this book was depressing. After reading it, there are many advancements that have been developed since then and a second book could easily be made with the new technologies.

May 25, Julie is currently reading it. Then you break it open.

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I understood the basic concepts she was getting at, but some of the higher-level scientific jargon or in-depth explanations kind of deterred me from finishing it as quickly as I could have. 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.

I found the conducting business section particularly fascinating. However, I tire fairly easily of the patronizing tone of the “environmentally enlightened” and do not enjoy when authors shrug off religious ideas as if they were relics. He also mentioned certain plants being known to have medicinal properties.

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How do we turn that piece of the world into a net producer, a net-positive ecosystem? Oh, and there’s a TED bbiomimicry. Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe.