Our Biomimicry Chicago network is filled with people, from beginners to experts, interested in finding out about what biomimicry is and how it might apply to what they do. The below resources are just a sampling of what is out there on the web and in print. If you can’t find what you are looking for, let us know and we’d be happy to help.
The Biomimicry Institute Toolbox (website)
Check out the toolbox to learn more about biomimicry – what it is and how to practice the biomimicry methodology.
Biomimicry (2015) (video)
This 20-minute film features Janine Benyus and is brought to you by Leonardo DiCaprio, Executive Producers Oliver Stanton, directed by Leila Conners, produced by Mathew Schmid and Bryony Schwan, created by Tree Media with Executive Producers Roee Sharon Peled and George DiCaprio.
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature (book)
The book that began a movement. Authored by Biomimicry Guild founder Janine Benyus.
Janine Benyus TEDGlobal 2009 (video)
Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you’ll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.
Janine Benyus TEDTalk Feb 2005 (video)
In this inspiring talk about developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build.
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Biomimicry for the Built Environment
Amy’s Biomimicry 101 video is a great primer for how we think about biomimicry in the built environment. Above and beyond the Biomimicry 101 primers, there is quite a bit of innovative work in progress these days on how to think about and use biomimicry in the built environment. Below are links to a few relevant articles as well as Genius of Place reports to get your mind thinking!
- “Biomimetic Urban Design: Ecosystem Service Provision of Water and Energy” by Maibritt Pedersen Zari
- “Anthropogenic Landscapes, Human Action and the Process of Co-Construction with other Species: Making Anthromes in the Anthropocene” by Agustín Fuentes * and Marcus Baynes-Rock
- “Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems” by Anthony D. Barnosky, et. al.
- “The science, policy and practice of nature-based solutions: An interdisciplinary perspective” by Carsten Nesshöver, et. al.
- Stockholm Resilience Centre Research
- The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Framework including and introduction to Ecosystems and Their Services
- Application of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Framework to a natural resource management, policy and planning framework for South East Queensland – The SEQ Ecosystem Services Framework
Genius of Place Reports:
- Seedkit: Design Concepts Learned from Pacific Northwest Forests (Urban Greenprint)
- Genius of Biome, Temperate Forests (HOK & Biomimicry 3.8)
- Genius of Place: Nature’s Strategies for Managing Stormwater in the Willamette Valley, Oregon (Biomimicry Oregon)
- Genius of Place (Open Space and Mountain Parks, City of Boulder, Colorado)