In this series, Jennifer Gumpert, our VP of Business Development and Operations, walks us through material terms and concepts that are used frequently, but not always understood. This week: circular economy. This week: biomimicry.
Biomimicry is the design and production of materials, structures and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes. Think about it – the nature we experience has evolved and survived for billions of years. Does it not stand to reason, then, that nature itself possesses the information we need to build our future?
When translating nature’s strategies into design, the science of the practice involves three essential elements: Emulate, Ethos, and (Re)Connect. These three components are infused in every aspect of biomimicry and represent these core values at its essence.
The scientific, research-based practice of learning from and then replicating nature’s forms, processes, and ecosystems to create more regenerative designs.
The philosophy of understanding how life works and creating designs that continuously support and create conditions conducive to life.
The concept that we are nature and find value in connecting to our place on Earth as part of life’s interconnected systems. (Re)Connect as a practice encourages us to observe and spend time in nature to understand how life works so that we may have a better ethos to emulate biological strategies in our designs.
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