Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that translates natural designs and strategies to solve human challenges.
3.8 Billion Years of R&D
Biomimicry means mimicking life, taken from the Greek ‘Bios' (life) and ‘Mimesis’ (mimicking). Nature provides a vast, yet largely unexplored, library of efficient designs, materials, processes and strategies that have been time-tested through natural selection.
One example is the foot of the gecko. The microstructure of the gecko's soles lets a it adhere to almost any surface. This microstructure has been applied in glue-free carpet installations and is thus a biomimetic innovation.
Biomimicry is not only limited to products. It is essentially about learning from and then emulating nature to create better and more sustainable designs. It is a multidisciplinary design approach that relies on the observation and understanding of living systems’ functioning principles.
The scale can differ widely. Understanding the metabolism of the smallest organism found in the soil could inspire novel ways of soil remediation. The innumerable interactions of species in the massive ecosystem of the Barrier Reef could inspire new organizational design.
From the late 20th century, mimicking nature has come to the forefront as we look to find regenerative solutions to pressing human challenges in design, processes, materials and strategies.