Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Innovations, whether in farming, composite science, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature – Kindle edition by Janine M. Benyus. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired. Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this book she.

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I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book. Can we use perennials, which are self-fertilizing and self-weeding, instead of annuals as food crops?

And the companies that are truly learning companies, truly adaptive, truly resilient, truly diverse, and decentralized and network-based—like ecosystems—are the ones that are going to survive and thrive.

Her company, The Biomimicry Group, encourages biologists at the design table to ask: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Moreover, we are barely able to map how photosynthesis works on an atomic level – we have a long way to go. Biomimicry has an interesting idea and the author did biomimucry lot of research, but it would be better without nearly as much detail about how proposed processes work.

I have gained a deeper understanding into just how far we have strayed from a sustainable lifestyle as a species and how pressing and inevitble it is that we return to being one.

Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D. Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. Think about the Wright brothers looking at turkey vultures to learn about drag and lift in flight. I loved the author’s writing style full of imagery, interesting phrasing, and story-like progressionbut a good portion of the book was over my head. Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it. From Wikipedia, the free jannine.


I think some of the intensive details could have been omitted. What are some of the best examples of biomimicry? Return to Book Page.

All in all, though, I would really recommend this book as an eye-opener for changing our views on growing food, harnessing energy, medicine, and many other basic human needs. But actually, the only pigment is brown. The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated.

However, I tire fairly easily of the patronizing tone of the “environmentally enlightened” and do not enjoy when authors shrug off religious ideas as if they were relics. Design Recommender The 7 best tools for making your most productive year yet Co. It’s quite extraordinary to see so many disciplines and ways of thinking brought together in the name of learning from nature in order to design, produce, and manufacture in a sustainable way.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Perhaps the weakest chapter was the final one, examining business and economics “like a redwood forest”. Viewing creation as a model, measure, and mentor, the author praises shamans and holds to the ridiculous myths of noble savages that have been around since at least the French Enlightenment of the 18th century. No trivia or quizzes yet.

In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. There are a lot of roles for everybody in biomimicry. This book was a revelation for me.

After having finished this it, I feel overwhelmed by the new vision biommimicry compliments my sight. The watchword right now is resilience in the face of change. InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild with Dr. The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about.


Biomimicry Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Archived bio,imicry the original on I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive. The section on how will we make things again had vy interesting ideas again had some fascinating concepts, like talking about how mussels adhere to rocks underwater and how spider silk is stronger than steel yet made without intense heat, pressure, or nasty chemicals.

Don’t get me wrong, this book was hard to read.

Initial chapters on Agriculture and Sunlight didnt intrest me as much as the workings of Ny and the Brain or Diet did, but this was just my personal preference. The last part of the book is pretty dry philosophizing except for a few ideas such as companies that are taking back their products for recycling and laws requiring them to do so.

It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into one.

Janine Benyus

Descriptions of the people working in this field are the kind of thing that usually bring a subject to life, but this time there are too many and biomimicey many technical details of things, including vy in the experimental stages that may or may not work out.

A inspiration for mankind. The book is inspiring for those with the love of biology and engineering. She is also President of The Biomimicry Institutea non-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design.

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