Biomimicry has ratings and reviews. Smellsofbikes said: I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. I enjoy reading all t. Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired. Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way bbiomimicry This book was a revelation for me. I had to return it to the library before I was able to finish, but I consider my decent skim to constitute completion.

I would say the same thing. Nov 22, Giorgi Burduli benyis it it was amazing. If we understand that as we try to move from a linear, mechanical kind of metaphor to a living systems one — a circular one — we actually have the chemistries and the best practices at our fingertips. InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild with Dr. InBenyus co-founded a non-profit organization which launched AskNature. Each chapter followed a similar structure: Whenever I walked benyjs that hung filing cabinet, I said, “Well, this is crazy.

Benyus lives in Stevensville, Montana. Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize fundamental truths about design and creation that were staring her in the face and that were painfully obvious to me as a reader [1]. The most exciting chapters, for me, were those on energy mimicking photosynthesis and medicine Big Pharma hunting for new meds in the rainforest. I once served on the Institute’s board ; and the Global Biomimicry Networkwhich brings together thousands of students and practitioners working to use nature’s teachings to solve design challenges.

Then you break it open.

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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. They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness giomimicry, repair the environment, and feed the world.


You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s benuus kind of amazing, given that i I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot. The first section I absolutely loved, especially as I am really into sustainable agriculture. As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain.

The interview took place while Benyus, characteristically, was enjoying a four-mile hike near her bebyus in the Bitterroot Valley, south of Missoula, Montana, between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks. I saw Janine speak at a green building conference just think about the connections!

How do we turn that piece of the world into a net producer, a net-positive ecosystem? I went on a walking safari recently with a reformed poacher-turned-bushman-tour-guide named Didi. Various providers would be responsible for installing, maintaining, upgrading, and eventually replacing your appliances, your furniture, even your cookware” The section of the book on foo Biomimicry has an interesting idea and the author did a lot of research, but it would be better without nearly as much detail about how proposed processes work.

I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders on condescension. Jul 30, Rebecca rated it really liked it.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Two Steps Forward Biomimicry Everything I looked bebyus, from the technical and physical to the organizational and ecosystem level, I realized that the answers were there and I just asked the question: She serves on a number of land use committees Janine M. Oct 18, BrandonCWalters rated it really liked it. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montanaand works towards restoring and protecting wild lands.

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I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering. Reading about how monkeys and rats manage to balance their diets according to their environments was fascinating too, bengus ironic that we are the most ‘advanced’ species on the planet yet other species do with ease what we are increasingly struggling to do?


Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest. There is also a part about making biomimocry like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. If you biomimicgy back to the original circular economy document, the McKinsey document PDFthere were two fundamental pieces of work that they based circular economy on, one of which was biomimicry.

Everything else around your house would be leased as a service. This book was the basis for a two hour TV special.

Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own. Dec 23, T. If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Along the way, Benyus has garnered two honorary doctorates and a clutch of prestigious awards and honors. Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature.

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I am trying to finish this book. For instance, CD proliferation bemyus population explosion are not really among our chief concerns any more. Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. Plus I am irrationally annoyed when I read sentences like: All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor benyuus else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners.

Great concepts, but much of what she preaches feels like old news by now.