Reprinted from SXSW Eco Blog by Allison Bernett of Terrapin Bright Green
Biomimicry is a hot topic right now--especially with the emergence of academic programs like Arizona State University’s biomimicry masters degree, centers like the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and now a biomimicry track at SXSW Eco. We have seen many innovative, environmentally-friendly technologies emerge from this process of translating natural strategies into engineered solutions.
Mother Nature has so much to teach us, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the high impact of things like weather patterns and natural disasters. But the concept of Biomimicry is based on the idea that Mother Nature is a master designer, and if we take inspiration from those designs, we can create manmade things that will improve our lives, naturally.
Students at the German University of Cairo in Egypt noticed a big problem. Canals created to irrigate farms in their hometown were often infected with bacteria, trash, and worms. Inspired by the way that camels digest food, the students designed a new way of moving and filtering the water so that the dirty, stagnant canals could be transformed into a clean source of water for crops.
We heard this refrain, in various forms, from the very beginning of our time stewarding Ray’s legacy here at the Foundation. Each time it was echoed, we first felt humbled. What an amazing honor it is to have someone want Ray’s memory preserved in this manner!
Bring your nature-inspired solutions to repair our global food systems for the chance to win the $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize. Challenge Hosted by the Biomimicry Institute and Ray C. Anderson Foundation
January 20, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Today, the Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation announce that the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is open to registrants, who are invited to submit commercially viable, nature-inspired solutions to our global food system challenges. The grand prize, to be awarded in 2016, is $100,000. For more information, click here.
My family was almost out of sight. If I had shouted, I’m pretty sure they would have heard me, but in the vast expanse of that Colorado valley, I can’t be positive. Even if they could have, it would have taken them awhile to get to me.
November 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ - For years, the Biomimicry Institute and founder Janine Benyus have asked, “How can nature-inspired design solve the world’s most pressing problems?” The Biomimicry Institute and partner Ray C.