biomimicry thinking

The biomimicry tools and process for approaching design, shift perspectives and open up new opportunities for how to solve and dissolve design challenges. It's based on the exploration of how organisms and ecosystems in nature meet their needs (functions), in context, in ways that continue to enhance the place in which they live, and in ways that are resilient in the face of ever changing conditions. Biomimicry Thinking can be likened to Systems Thinking, with nature as the ultimate mentor for optimised and integrated system designs. Key tools for enhancing biomimicry thinking within your organisation include the Biomimicry DesignLens and Life's Principles. Whether you attend one of our workshops or involve our team in your design process, we are sure that your organisation and your staff will be enriched by the perspective that Biomimicry Thinking provides. 

biomimicry designlens

Biomimicry Thinking provides context to where, how, what, and why biomimicry fits into the process of any discipline or any scale of design. While akin to a methodology, Biomimicry Thinking is a framework that is intended to help people practice biomimicry while designing anything. There are four areas in which a biomimicry lens provides the greatest value to the design process (independent of the discipline in which it is integrated): scoping, discovering, creating, and evaluating. Following the specific steps within each phase helps ensure the successful integration of life’s strategies into human designs.


challenge to biology (c2b)

Challenge to Biology is a specific path through Biomimicry Thinking. This is useful for scenarios when a specific problem is at hand and you are seeking biological insights for the solution. It is particularly useful for creating an iterative design process. Not surprisingly, the best outcomes occur when you navigate the path multiple times.


biology to design (b2d)

Biology to Design is a specific path through Biomimicry Thinking. This path is most appropriate when your process initiates with an inspirational biological insight (including a Life’s Principle) that you want to manifest as a design. Those who might follow this path include inventors and entrepreneurs, students who don’t yet have their own design process, those interested in discovering strategies that might inform new innovations, and educators interested in sharing biology in ways that generate interest with non-biologists.



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