Resources

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.

Biomimicry 101
Biomimicry & the Built Environment

Biomimicry 101

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:  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.

Think Biomimicry has a Resources page with a list of biomimicry-related links with respect to the following categories –

    • Training
    • Methodology
    • Organizations & Networks
    • Biology
    • Innovations
    • Frameworks & Principles
    • Design Challenges & Prizes
    • Videos
    • Social Media
    • Books, Magazines & Websites
    • Education & Innovation Tools

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!

Genius of Place Reports: