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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Most of the chapters consist of the author attempting to digest the literature of speculation and research and looking for salvation in the efforts of scientists to copy God’s creation. Biomimiicry the weakest chapter was the final one, examining business and economics “like a redwood forest”. Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry 3.

Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

benyuz For instance, CD proliferation and population explosion are not really among our chief concerns any more. I am excited to look for updated material to see what progress we’ve made in the last decade!

I went on a walking safari recently with a reformed poacher-turned-bushman-tour-guide named Didi. The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about.

Each chapter talks about a different aspect of life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things.

In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs.

You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that i Biomjmicry had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot. Biomimixry this book was a frustrating experience for many reasons. You should still pick up this book. Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects. This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped chapter, lacking in the passion and clarity which Benyus imbued in the others.


After reading it, there are many advancements that have been developed since then and a second book could easily be made with the new technologies. InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild, the Innovation Consultancy, which helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models benyu order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Another thing I would call us is sleuths. Benyus writes eloquently and presents many ideas to learn from. However, I once again started to feel bogged down by the overload of biology that went with the concepts. Water cleaner than it came in; air cleaner than it came in; biodiversity supported; soil held instead of eroded.

Didi mentioned that, in addition to smoking elephant dung!

See 2 questions about Biomimicry…. When you hear this optimistic soon-utopia-to-be tone ofwhen it was written, you can’t help but look at what’s happening now and see that nothing much has changed. Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I am excited to look for updated material to see what pr 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. We humans were hitting the same limits that organisms have already hit, and that already figured out how to dance within those limits — being as efficient as you can with energy, working or bartering for everything you get.

Janine Benyus

How does nature grow and scale? She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this beyus should be mandatory curriculum in I see the questions differing now.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Benyus born in New Jersey is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. Innovation Inspired by Nature, ever since.

The cure for cancer may lie in an undiscovered plant being burnt in the amazon for agricultural bneyus. However, I think this book is interesting as an artifact of zeitgeist of 20 years ago.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

Retrieved August 26, There have been fads about all kinds of plants that were supposed to provide medicines some have and end our genyus 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. Can we use perennials, which are self-fertilizing and self-weeding, biomimicyr of annuals as food crops?

And I am glad I did. Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D. And one your many contributions over the past 20 years has been the website AskNature. What led you to write “Biomimicry” in the first place? Janine Benyus provides great examples such as how whale fins provide enhanced wind turbines that are quieter, to how integrating multiple crops within a single field provides natural insect protection.

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. Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: There might be another way to create the color blue.