Biomimicry in design for a sustainable future

What is Biomimicry?

Biomimicry comes from the word bios, meaning of life and mimesis, meaning to imitate. Biomimicry imitated biological design’s processes and laws in order to solve human problems and emulating nature strategy and patterns to design products. It draws inspiration from the living world, nature diversity and learns from the basic set of values in order to understand the patterns and ideas. Biomimicry includes deep ecological understanding that we are serving nature and not the other way around. Nature evolves in processes irrational and to mimic in detail that is not predictable is difficult. Therefore, Biomimicry is a design its rather human inventions based on the ideas of the nature.

Gaudi and Biomimicry

The Spanish architect Gaudi was heavily inspired by nature (God) and imitated elements in order to solve design. He studied the snail house to make the snail like staircases; door handles to mimic the shape of the fingers that would close around it, and ergonomically curved chairs look as though they could come to life. In buildings, the snail-like staircases solved the problem with rain water and flooding, so the water naturally flowed out in the streets.  He incorporates organic shapes and angles into his architecture, almost all of his works have the biological look to them. The biological and natural flow often mixed with colors makes his architecture fascinating, funny, modern, problem-solving and enjoyable. La Sagrada de Famila a must to experience of his architecture, still under construction

Fashion design and Biomimicry

Today and soon we talk not only to remake the object form, but function, purpose and quality. For example, if you take the silkworms, silk treads and compare with steel the strength of the tread is twice as durable and many times more flexible. The spider makes a net that is very elastic and strong and to imitate the function of the spider tread and mix it with the quality of the silk you will get a superior fiber to produce, for instance, sports performance garments. The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are struggling with. They have found what works, ethical, and most important what is sustainable for Earth; 3.8 billion years of research and development is good enough reason to be inspired by nature. When working with the elements of nature the important part is to look at it as mentor, model and measure.

Optimized life principle is the core of sustainability

Biomimicry follows Life’s principles that instruct to: build from the bottom up, optimize rather than maximize free energy use, self-assemble, cross-pollinate, adapt and evolve, embrace diversity, adapt, use life-friendly materials, engage in symbiotic relationships, and enhance the bio-sphere

Advantages with Biomimicry in design

  • Energy saving
  • Plants trap and convert energy from sunlight in a very effective an optimized way, as a result of the valuable and limited resource the energy represented nature organize  it in efficient designs and, by emulating these strategy’s society. Companies and family household can translate and save cost of energy.
  • Waste management
  • Nature has developed over billions of years an effective system of dealing with waste, by mimicking how nature transitions to materials and nutrients within a habitat societies and companies can learn how to organize and make products in close loops; create, consume, recycle and remake products.
  • Cut Material cost
  • Nature builds to shape, because shape is inexpensive and material is expensive. By studying the shapes and how they are built, Biomimicry can minimize the amount materials while maximizing the effectiveness of product form and patterns to achieve desired functions.

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Kenneth Lyngaas
Sustainable fashion designer & eco-philosopher Sustainable fashion dedicated the twenty-first century green living, design for change through system thinking, eco philosophy, spirituality and sustainability. Site made with passion for people who loves fashion and care for the environment.
Kenneth Lyngaas
Kenneth Lyngaas
Kenneth Lyngaas
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