Biomimicry: Building the Way Nature Builds

February 13, 2011

Biomimicry is design inspired by nature’s problem solving techniques. It allows, as the video explains, increases in efficiency of 10x, 100x, even 1000x.

This will be a key characteristic of the emerging renewable energy economy.

At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

2 Responses to “Biomimicry: Building the Way Nature Builds”


  1. What a concept! We can learn to cooperate with rather than “conquer” nature. Architect, Mike Pearce, designed the Eastgate Center, a large building in Harare Zimbabwe, modeled on termite mound inspired climate control. Caltech researchers are developing solar to fuel cells that mimic photosynthesis using abundant Earth elements.


  2. […] Last night, SBS aired The Future of Food episode 2 (watch here for a limited time). It was in some ways a little repetitive of the first part, previously discussed, but it did branch into some of my favourite topics (that I first became aware of back in the late 80′s as a kid watching Beyond 2000). In this episode they covered true innovative thinking about food security – the synergy of technology and methodology developed by nature over more than three billion years, such as aquaculture (see Peter Sinclair’s post on this also) and finding productive uses for waste – thereby turning a linear process system into a loop (see the video attached even more ideas along this line of thinking – another h/t to Peter). […]


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