Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Innovations, whether in farming, composite science, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature – Kindle edition by Janine M. Benyus. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired. Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this book she.

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Also, I’m an economist, and I was a bit miffed that Benyus only focused on interviewing “industrial ecologists” – a field I’m unfamiliar with, but that sounded a lot like environmental economics. If you think of things like leaves, that need to stay clean. For businesses, biomimicry is about bringing a new discipline—biology—to the design table.

There biomimircy been fads about all kinds of plants that were supposed to provide medicines some have and end our reliance on hydrocarbons they haven’tand renewable energy continues to have a fairly pitiful total share of our energy sources even today while fracking has given fossil fuels a new lease on life.

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The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts. It is really interesting but bentus very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!! Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Most of the chapters consist of the author attempting to digest the literature of speculation and research and looking for salvation in the efforts biomimicrh scientists to copy God’s creation. Using hacks that evolution developed over its history.

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.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry Is Innovation Inspired By Nature

For some reason this includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs in making Styrofoam. And when a company is trying to develop, for example, a new way to package, we ask, how does nature contains liquids? It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into one.

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.


With Benyus’s humor and wit you will find this compendium of technologies very palatable and informational if not inspiring; be forewarned there is a good amount of information in this book, do take a week to read it for maximum enjoyment!

The vast majority of organisms run on sunlight, for example. Anyways, despite this book being a bit outdated, and despite a few sections of way-too-drawn-out-biology for my liking, I still really enjoyed this book.

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. Design Recommender The 7 best tools for making your most productive year yet Co.

Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems. She serves on a number of land use committees in her rural bemyus, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated janinne place-based living and learning.

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. That wording is the sort of institutional bias that runs rampant in this book, and in many other books and magazines in the future-utopia genre, and it never fails to irritate me, in exactly the same way that the phrase “unborn people” irritates me.

How does nature resist impacts?

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biomimiicry Her company, The Biomimicry Group, encourages biologists at the design table to ask: I had to return it to the library before I was able to finish, but I consider my decent skim to constitute completion. Biomimicry has been going on for a long time. Descriptions of the people working in this field are the kind of thing that usually bring a subject to life, but this time there are too many and too many technical details of things, including ones in the experimental stages that may or may not work out.

A lot of the concepts that were talked about clearly haven’t worked, as here we are 13 janinf later, and we are still destroying our environment at a sprinter’s clip. Archived from the original on You should still pick up this book. The cure for cancer may lie in an undiscovered plant being burnt in the amazon for agricultural purposes.

My favorite chapter of this book.

Innovation Inspired by Nature. She basically touches on the main points 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.


Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it. There are a lot of roles for everybody in biomimicry. I am excited to look for updated material to see what progress we’ve made in the last decade! And rainwater cleans the building, instead gy sandblasting or detergents. The famous example is the lotus leaf.

In many cases, these technologies are in plain sight: Dec 26, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading this book was depressing. Sep 19, Steve Voiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 29, Hao Ca Vien rated it it was biomimicrj. I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and jannie book really hit the spot. May 25, Julie is currently reading it. They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world.

He also mentioned certain plants being known to have medicinal properties. The or so pages of this book are divided into eight chapters that ask why we are talking about biomimicry now, how we may feed ourselves in the future, how we will harness energy, how we will make things, how we will heal ourselves, how we will store what we learn, how will we conduct business, and where we will go from here. 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.

This book further reinforced the notion that as cliched as it sounds, we are a part of nature.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Various providers would be responsible for installing, maintaining, upgrading, and eventually replacing your appliances, your furniture, even your cookware” While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best.

You know, cuz of ev’lution and all. I loved the author’s writing style full of imagery, interesting phrasing, and story-like progressionbut a good portion of the book was over my head.