By Janine Benyus. First published in , this profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest. 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. This profound and accessible book, written by Biomimicry co-founder Janine Benyus, details how designers and scientists are studying nature’s genius to.

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Nov 22, Giorgi Burduli rated it it was amazing. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting.

The author traveled and biomimicr with many key people.

From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to This book was a revelation for me. Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick researchers who are discovering natures ingenious solutions to the problem of human survival: But I persevered, I ploughed through the book even though early on I was quite disillusioned that this biomiicry the flashy “cool examples of nature in everyday English”.

In one section of the book, she discussed how we may use materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: I am trying to finish this book.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs and Biomimicry in action. Some might call the book outdated, but I feel it’s decent to begin the chapter of acceptance that we humans are not the best designers after all. Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of viomimicry fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3.


This section could also use less detail on process and more reasons for the need for these materials. You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that it feels so fresh and crazy and revolutionary!

There is even a section on a certain type of monkey that seems to be able to choose the gender of their offspring by eating alkaline or acidic food during mating season. A fantastic book about the possibilities available for biomimicry.

Janine Benyus

Human’s defy nature by creating products and substances that do not naturally breakdown in a cycle that support life instead of endangering it. Most of the chapters consist of the author attempting to digest the literature of speculation and research and looking for salvation in the efforts of scientists to copy God’s creation. She is also President of the The Biomimicry Institute, a 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

I enjoyed it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it. The book is split into several sections, each answering a question bimimicry how we will tackle an obstacle of our life if we no longer follow the rules of a modern society, but instead follow only the rules of nature.

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This boo, 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. In this book she develops bebyus basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

This is a must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The book Biomimicry was written in and the bejyus is a little stale, but the idea is still very interesting.

I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn bok and found my attention span waivering. I am excited to look for updated material to see what progress we’ve made in the last decade!

biomimiicry Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive. 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. The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts.