At Biomimicry Chicago, we aim to provide events for our network that both educate people about biomimicry - both the methodology and mindset, as well as foster new connections between multi-disciplinary professionals interested in this topic. To that end, we'd love to hear your suggestions if there's something you're interested in doing or learning about - please email us at email@example.com.
It's time to GO OUTSIDE!
Summer is an AMAZING time to be outside and experience nature, and this summer Biomimicry Chicago would like to invite you to experience nature with us - biomimicry style!
Why do go outside? Biomimicry is the emulation of life’s forms, processes, and systems into the context of human innovation, and we want everyone in the Biomimicry Chicago network to collectively explore our region and share ideas. Reconnecting with the wild world around us helps us to slow down and recognize the genius in our (literal) backyards. Making it a regular practice opens a whole new world of knowledge and innovative ideas!
Each month, we will be giving you an observational challenge - what biomimics call an “iSite,” where we will ask you to go outside in a natural area by you and observe life’s forms, processes, and systems in context and explore what YOU can learn from nature. This is a FREE program that we are offering to build the biomimicry competency of local practitioners while growing our network, so join us today!
To participate, all you need to do is read the challenge, find a natural area near you, and observe. Complete the exercise and send your sketches, essays, or photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will compile your entries and showcase them to the Global Biomimicry Network through our website and social media channels.
June’s Challenge: Exploring Life’s Forms
June’s Challenge: Finding Forms in Nature
Integral to the practice of biomimicry is a connection with and respect for life’s organisms and ecosystems. To foster this connection and hone your skills of observation, we ask you to go outside in a natural area (a wildlife preserve, a garden, or even your backyard) and observe nature’s forms. For a portion of the time, just sit and be still. Do not check your phone or record observations at first – just open your eyes and “quiet your cleverness” as Dr. Dayna Baumeister says. Relax, focus on (re)connecting with the world around you, and let your creative juices flow.
When you are ready, consider the following questions:
- Where are you?
- What are you observing?
- What forms do you see that intrigue you?
- Are they examples of well-adapted design? If so, how?
- What design insights does this give you for your own life and work?
- What do you want to learn more about?
We recommend you spend at least 30 minutes outside just observing and then record your observations in a journal entry, blog, video, graphic, sketch or other medium and including a photo or two to remember your experience.
For your reference, below are a couple examples of this iSite, and visit our social media sites for more examples!
Exercise adapted from Biomimicry 3.8 Professional Certificate Program iSite with facilitated discussion methods from Technology of Participation by The Institute of Cultural Affairs.
July’s Challenge: Exploring Life’s Processes
August’s Challenge: Exploring Life’s Systems
Thirsty Thursdays - Free Monthly Happy Hour Events!
Our Thirsty Thursdays will resume in Fall 2017. Stay tuned!
Join us the first Thursday every month for our biomimicry happy hour discussions where you will have the opportunity to:
Learn about, explore and discuss biomimicry, challenges facing our built environment, and opportunities for rethinking our approach to these challenges through a biomimicry lens
Contribute your expertise to strengthen the group’s understanding of both the challenges and opportunities for using biomimicry in the built environment
Connect with like-minded colleagues from a wide diversity of backgrounds interested in driving true sustainability and resiliency in our cities
May 4, 2017
Thirsty Thursdays: Celebrating Our Deep Roots
April 21, 2017
Deep Roots Workshop
A one-day workshop to begin to explore our region's ecological deep roots and define a sustainable future. Learn more about our Deep Roots Initiative and workshop on our website!
February 2, 2017
Thirsty Thursdays: Fostering Urban Biodiversity
Speaker: Emily Minor, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Hosted by DLR Group
January 5, 2017
Thirsty Thursdays: Ecosystem Functions - How do we measure up?
Speaker: Jim Patchett, Conservation Design Forum
Hosted by AECOM