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


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

Biomimicry, Just for You

When Janine Benyus coined the term and wrote the book “Biomimicry”, she defined it as “Innovation inspired by nature”.  If you look it up, you’ll find images and stories of a train shaped like the beak of a kingfisher, a paint that sheds water and dirt like the lotus leaf, and a swimsuit textured like

Yes, it’s FREE! 4-Week Online Biomimicry Course

The best things in life are free. Going outside is free. Connecting with nature is free.  And now, learning a sustainable design methodology based on nature’s functional strategies is free! We are happy to announce that MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program is once again partnering with to offer the 4-week online course Biomimicry: A Sustainable

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