- To watch 2 videos clips by Janine Benyus about Biomimcry.
- Look around and find some artefacts that have been inspired by nature. Take photos/make sketches.
1 – TED video clips
Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you’ll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.
A self-proclaimed nature nerd, Janine Benyus’ concept of biomimicry has galvanized scientists, architects, designers and engineers into exploring new ways in which nature’s successes can inspire humanity
In this inspiring talk about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build.
My thoughts – I think you need to have a really clear understanding of the function found in nature to able to replicate it and apply it to design. Therefore to get this idea working best a textile designer would need to work in collaboration, ideally, with a scientist.
2 – Visual recordings of artefacts that are inspired by nature. These are the pages of my sketchbook showing products in shops, designed artefacts and places of interest.
Page 7 depicts a weekend in Barcelona as I wanted to see Gaudi’s architecture but I was delighted to learn that so much of his work was designed taking inspiration from nature – perfect for this research point. There was a small temporary side exhibition at La Sagrada Famillia detailing this research and inspiration – what a bonus for me ! The main supporting pillars based on the strength of forrest trees, iron work railings taking inspiration from palm trees, roof tiles based on the performance of the curl of a leaf to name a few. It was an incredible man designing well before his time, like it or not the details are incredible.
Just a couple of photos of La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo.