Biomimicry (Bios — life and Mimesis — imitate).
by Simon Hart, The Organic Mechanic
We have all taken the time to see some of the small mysteries that nature has to offer, and in many cases we wonder
how life has created and solved so many problems. How does the bumblebee fly with those small wings? How do plants
harness the power of the sun? Life is full of inventions that we are only just beginning to understand.
Our planet is full of engineers, as organisms have conducted 3.8 billion years
of research, finding lasting solutions. Those experiments that have gone wrong show up in the fossil record. We look to nature for so many answers and there
is a new scientific field that is trying to increase our efficacy of bringing natural solutions into everyday life.
Biomimicry (Bios — life and Mimesis — imitate) studies nature’s most exceptional ideas as a tool to create more sensible and sustainable
designs. By imitating natural solutions we can use nature as a mentor, helping us to solve human problems. It sounds so straightforward but we are
beginning to truly look to life’s genius as a survival strategy and solution to our long term sustainability.
Biomimicry can help create sustainable ideas that perform well, save energy, cut costs, redefine waste, create opportunity and increase
business revenues along with many other possibilities.
The process starts with a human limitation, then moves to observing natural
forms, processes, systems and strategies. The innovator tries to copy the design and then needs to ask, how can this solution be manufactured?
Then the manufacturing process can be considered in the same manner. Mimicking nature can be a powerful tool for engineers, designers, architects and business leaders.
Indentifying the possibility is the first step, interpreting how nature performs comes next. Discovering possibilities is a creative step, where looking at nature’s
abstract patterns are assessed with the main focus being emulation and finally evaluation.
Such a fascinating concept, but does it work; have there been real world successes? These ideas can seem so simple, yet their implication to our development is amazing!