DAY 14 – BIOMIMICRY 1 – CLAIRE

So bios need life mimicry to imitate and the question is why? Biomimicry is the conscious emulation, and normally we say of life genius or the practice of continuous learning from and emulating the life of 3.8 billion years of time-tested wisdom. What we are looking at when we study life principles is what those deep principles, that if we apply them, are their distilled essence of that time tested wisdom. So how do we actually tap that life tested wisdom. Biomimicry is actually just a process of making a bridge between biological models and human design challenges and that bridge is made around function. What they are doing, not what they are. So we are interested more in the verb at all times. Once we have made that bridge, what are the principles, and the bridge can go in both directions actually. What are the principles that are relevant that can really help in form and design challenge? Does that make sense? Find your function and you need to make a link and find your design principles. That’s really the how of biomimicry. It’s based on the understanding biological organisms need to function in a context in order to be successful. So if I need my biological function in one context, I’ll need the same biological function in a different context in a different way, so that’s important. Ideally, if we want to make a well-adapted design strategy we should meet our functions in context and that will help contribute to its success. The trick with biomimicry is what you do, and there’s a brilliant example of a building in Harare that tapped the structural principles of a termite mound and applied it to the building to keep itself cool. So really, what we want to remind ourselves is that biomimicry…

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