What is biomimicry?
Biomimicry comes from the word bios, the meaning of LifeLife and mimesis, meaning to imitate. Biomimicry imitated biological design’s processes and laws to solve human problems and emulating nature strategy and patterns used in product design. It draws inspiration from the living world, natural diversity and learns from the basic set of values to understand the repetitive and ideas. Biomimicry includes the deep ecological understanding that we are serving nature and not the other way around. Life evolves in processes irrational and to mimic in detail that is not predictable is difficult. Therefore, Biomimicry is a design it’s somewhat human inventions based on the ideas from nature.
Gaudi and Biomimicry
The Spanish architect Gaudi was heavily inspired by observing patterns and forms in nature (God) and imitated elements to solve design. He studied the snail house to make the snail-like staircases (Bell Tower) 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 rainwater 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 remains organical forms. The biological and natural flow often mixed with colours makes architecture by Gaudi fascinating, funny, modern, problem-solving and enjoyable. La Sagrada de Familia a must to experience his architecture, still under construction
Fashion design and Biomimicry
Today and soon we talk not only to remake the object forms but functions, purpose, and quality. For example, if you take the silkworms, silk-threads 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 fibre to produce, for instance, sports performance garments.
The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we have created by mechanical design thinking. 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 — working with elements of LifeLife the crucial issue mimicking the mentor, model, and measures.
The optimised life principle is the core of sustainability.
Biomimicry follows Life’sLife’s principles, build from the bottom-up, optimise rather than maximise free energy use, self-assemble, cross-pollinate, adapt and evolve, embrace diversity, modify, use life-friendly materials, engage in symbiotic relationships, and enhance the biosphere
Advantages with Biomimicry in design
- Energy-saving plants trap and convert energy from sunlight in a very effective an optimised way, as a result of the valuable and limited resource the metabolism represented nature organise efficient designs and, by emulating these strategy’s society. Companies and family household can translate and save the cost of energy.
- Waste management, Life developed over billions of years an effective system of dealing with waste, by mimicking how nature transitions to materials and nutrients within habitat societies and companies can learn how to organise and make products in closed loops; create, consume, recycle and remake products.
- Cut material cost; nature adapts shape because is the shortest route, inexpensive, materials expensive. Study the shape, colour and structure mimicking of life processes possible for human-made innovations. Biomimicry is the effectiveness of product form and patterns symmetry and the incredible beauty
Biomimicry Life's Diagram
Recommended Biomimicry and sustainable design
- Biomimicry as nature builds it
- How to design sustainable
- A product lifecycle assessment approach to sustainable design
- Cradle to cradle an approach to sustainable design
- The Natural Step, a framework for sustainable design
- Design With Nature twelve principles on how to approach sustainable design
- Apply System thinking as an approach to sustainable design I
- Apply System thinking as an approach to sustainable design II