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Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies. 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.

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Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in It was about science, and I was shocked that the world read it. Biomimciry, and there’s a TED talk.

Biomimicry is innovation inspired nanine nature. The computer technologies went a bit over my head. The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts. She serves on a number of land use committees in benyux rural county, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated to place-based living and learning. Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this phenomenon. In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs.

And even when the author is right to criticize selfishness and destructiveness, the author is wrong to worship creation without any regard or respect for God’s ways and laws, and that is simply unacceptable.

I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering. That said, I was dying for an update; most of this stuff is 20 years out of date. Quite often it was a bit more than I was comfortable going through. How do we turn that piece of the world into a net producer, a net-positive ecosystem?


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 more about ends.

It is not so readable as a result, and the chapters are highly episodic as opposed to cumulative.

The author attempts to make too many connections between the brain and computers. I am happy I read it and definitely feel I have benefitted. Janine Biomimivry helped beynus the word biomimicry into 21st century vocabularies in her book on the subject. I appreciate natural beauty and an elegant design solution as much as the next guy, and clearly natural designs often demonstrate extreme economy of necessity. Mar 12, Anggia Widhi rated it liked it.

We listen very carefully to the challenges that people have around sustainability. The cure for cancer may lie in an undiscovered plant being burnt in the amazon for agricultural purposes. She basically touches on the main janiine of negative externalities, and trying to embed social and environmental costs into market prices, and the role of government in doing that, but it just felt uninspired and a bit blah.

Janine Benyus

Instead of going to depth of the problem, analysing it, the author proposes a journey through a possible utopia which is offered by biomimicry. However, I think this book is interesting as an artifact of zeitgeist of 20 years ago. This summer, I decided it was going to be a priority for my summer reading list, and it is the first one that I get to cross off. You can make all kinds of plastics out of carbon dioxide, out of methane, benysu of greenhouse gases.

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

Surrounding her are an ecosystem of organizations and resources she inspired, including Biomimicry 3. The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in It is really interesting but also very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!!


Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing. All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor anyone else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners. Sep 19, Steve Voiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lists with This Book.

I was in my office in Oakland, California. In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs.

Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature. Each chapter talks about a different aspect of life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things. That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool.

Additionally, I thought the chapter on computing was a bit odd. We call ourselves BADT — biologists at the design table. I am excited to look for updated material to see what pr 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.