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Biomimicry in Architecture

May 24, 2012

I’m extremely interested in diving deeper into Biomimicry and how it relates to the way we design and operate the built environment.  As I begin to take on more research I’ll post updates on my blog and the route I’ve followed.  Along with most, I first learned of Biomimicry through the work of Janine Benyus and her book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.

Benyus’s organization, Biomimicry 3.8, has been the leader in the field with their consulting, education and resources.  I was able to beta test their first online course, Introduction to Biomimicry, which in addition to the book I would recommend as primers.

Specifically in architecture, Michael Pawlyn has surfaced as the expert in the field with some great projects and a book listed below.  Major firms such as HOK, Arup and Grimshaw Architects have also embraced the philosophy.  When traveling down this path it is also important to be cognizant of the difference between Biomimicry and Bio-Inspired.

(Image Source: WorldChanging article Lecture Notes: Biomimicry in Architecture)

Research Completed:

– Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine Benyus

– Introduction to Biomimicry Online Course from Biomimicry 3.8

What is up next:

Biomimicry in Architecture by Michael Pawlyn

The Sand Dollar and the Slide Rule: Drawing Blueprints from Nature by Delta Willis



Websites & Blogs:



Inhabitat Biomimicry Post Category

Fast Company & Fast Co.Exist articles on Biomimicry


– Janine Benyus at TED

– Michael Pawlyn at TED

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 24, 2012 12:37 am

    Good luck, Mark! I look forward to being apart of the journey with you.

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