What is Biomimicry?

  • Why to look at Nature

    During the last 3.8 billion years of evolution, Nature had to face challenges similar to the ones we are struggling with; such as: water scarcity, collecting energy and nutrients, responding to disturbances such as climate change, fires and floods, etc..
    Through a continuous process of trail and errors, Nature evolved and thrived adapting to changing conditions, using locally available renewable resources and doing it in an efficient and resilient way. Nature goes beyond the concept of sustainability, it creates conditions conducive to Life.

  • A definition of biomimicry

    Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline, based on an ancient practice, aiming at investigating Nature to discover its best ideas and translate them into applicable design principles to solve human challenges.
    We can think of it as "innovation inspired by Nature" and refer to Leonardo da Vinci as an example of renowned Biomimicry practitioner.

  • Difference from other bio-approaches

    Instead of harvesting organisms, or domesticating them to accomplish a function for us, Biomimicry differs from other "bio-approaches" by consulting organisms and ecosystems (looking at natural forms, processes and systems) and applying the underlying design principles to our innovations.

  • Why to consider biomimicry

    This approach introduces a new realm for entrepreneurship that can contribute not only to generate innovative designs and solutions to our problems but also to awake people to the importance of conserving the biodiversity on Earth that has so much yet to teach us.

Biomimicry Thinking approach

  • A tool for solving problems

    Planet promotes the Biomimicry Thinking approach developed by the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute as a tool for solving problems. While akin to a methodology, the Biomimicry Thinking is a framework that is intended to help people practice while designing anything to solve problems. It provides context to where, how, what, and why biomimicry fits into the process of any discipline or any scale of design.

  • Applicability

    There are four areas in which Biomimicry can provide the greatest value to the design process (independent of the discipline in which it is integrated): scoping, discovering, creating, and evaluating.
    Following the specific steps within each phase helps ensure the successful integration of life’s strategies into human designs.

  • Biologists at the design table

    To solve problems through a Biomimicry Thinking approach means, in operative terms, to engage in a multi-disciplinary programme of R&D where biologists play a pivotal role in investigating Nature and collaborate together with engineers, designers, economists and other professionals involved ad hoc depending on the specific challenge addressed.