Take off your shoes

It’s the end of Week 1 of this spring’s Intro to Biomimicry course. Our first design studio exercise involved looking to feet for design ideas and, as always, the students are so inspiring!  One thing that emerged for me is how some of the brilliant — and sustainable — functional strategies that human beings have

Introduction to Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology | Spring 2021

Yes! We’re offering our 5-week Introduction to Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology course again this spring! If you’re considering joining our fully online MA in Sustainable Design program, this it is a good chance to engage with us and see what it’s like to learn online.  If not, it’s a wonderful (and very inexpensive) way to learn

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Biomimicry or Biomimetics?

[This post is modified from Bio-Inspired Buzzwords: Biomimicry and Biomimetics] I don’t think a week goes by without someone asking me about biomimicry. I’m happy to comply, as the principles and practices of biomimicry is so core to sustainable design (and so fun to talk about!). One question that arises often is: “What’s the difference

A tiny taste of Biomimicry

Many students are attracted to our program because they get to learn how to use biomimicry as a sustainable design framework. They explore it in Systems Thinking, Innovation Tools and Techniques, The Practice of Sustainable Design, and (of course) Biomimetic Design. But not everyone can go back to school for a Masters degree, take a

What if we didn’t need a refrigerator?

One of the things I love about teaching sustainable design is seeing what emerges from student work — it gives me great hope.   In a recent virtual workshop we conducted as part of the Design Portland’s Design Week 2020, we gave participants a brief introduction to the what, why, and how of biomimicry as a framework

Disruption and Resilience: Lessons from Nature

In our 23July2020 post Nature is Normal, I shared the Visions for Change program that the Amani Institute has been offering this summer, for free. My small contribution to this program was an online Skill Pills workshop exploring how biomimicry can help us design better services, products, and organizations for the ‘new normal’. You can

Nature is Normal

There has been a lot of discussion about the ‘new normal’, referring to the way the world will work when the pandemic loosens its grip and protests begin to subside and turn into problem-solving. Those of us working for social and environmental sustainability and justice hope that our recent massive disruptions are an opportunity to

Join us for a FREE Biomimicry webinar

Hecho x Nosotros and animaná are hosting Denise DeLuca for a FREE webinar tomorrow, 15May2020. In this webinar you’ll be introduced to Biomimicry — what it is, why you might want to use it, and how it works. About this Event Many of us worry about sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice, but don’t know

Tap into “The Promise of Biomimicry”

If you’re reading this, you’ve no doubt heard of biomimicry, innovation inspired by nature. You may also know that the promise of biomimicry is “resilient design for a climate impacted world”.  If not, you’ll enjoy the short film “The Promise of Biomimicry”, created by The Biomimicry Institute and Tree Media. MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program

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ONLINE CLASS: Biomimicry for Designers

There’s still time to register for our Summer 2019 1-credit Biomimicry for Designers course! Starts June 3. This project-oriented course, taught by Taryn Mead, provides an introduction to the tools and concepts of biomimicry, a discipline that emulates nature’s best ideas and blueprints in order to solve human design challenges. REGISTER BEFORE MAY 30th using

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