protect from floods
Nature’s refined solutions, mapped to your design challenges.
Biofoam protects even at very cold temperaturesburiti palm
A spongy, light weight, biodegradable foam produced by buriti palms remains elastic, rather than brittle at very low temperatures.
Shoulder joint manages stressHuman
Rotator cuff in humans manages force via an extra pliable region
Folding improves flexibility and rigidityEuropean Hornbeam
Leaves of the hornbeam tree have a corrugated fold pattern that allows for a balance between flexibility and rigidity.
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Design solutions to human challenges, inspired by biological strategies.
A retrofit for wind turbines that channels incoming wind onto the blades to address root leakage.
Biodegradable device that surrounds and protects newly planted seedlings to increase survival rate.
Hairy self-cleaning surfacesUniversity of Florida, Sigmund's Group, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Non-stick surface without chemicals
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Everything you need to learn and teach about biomimicry and life centered design.
Engineering Education for the Next Generation: A Nature-Inspired ApproachSam Stier
Read about how to engage students in a way that transforms their outlook on the world and their own creativity. Suitable for teachers of students in elementary through high school.
Creating Local Solutions to Global Problems: Instructional Storyline for the Biomimicry Youth Design ChallengeBiomimicry Institute
This project storyline is a suggested sequence of connected lessons that guides students through a learning journey to complete the Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge.
Project-Based Learning: GiraffesAsa Jomard
This lesson uses giraffes and STEAM activities to inspire students in kindergarten to grade 4 to ask questions and use creative thinking to explore ideas.
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Photosynthesis converts solar energy into chemical energyplants
Photosynthesis in plants converts solar energy into chemical energy using electrons and protons from water.
Pupil enables clear vision in extreme light conditionsTokay Gecko, ,
The pupil of nocturnal geckos enables clear vision in extreme light conditions by becoming very large at night and constricting to a thin slit with several pinholes during the day.
Leg hairs prevent spider from sticking to its own webSpinybacked orbweaver, Golden Silk Orbweaver
Leg hairs of orb-weaver spiders allow it to build its web without getting stuck.
From permaculture to Velcro® to winglets, humans have been looking to nature for inspiration for as long as we’ve been inventing. Inspired Ideas catalog the stories behind realized and conceptual product, service, and system components that have their roots in biology …
The Land Institute permacultureThe Land Institute
Perennial grain cropping mimics natural ecosystem behavior.
Concentrated solar plantMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Optimal arrangement of solar array mirrors based on Fibonacci spirals.
Anti-icing coating prevents frost and ice buildupRykaczewski Research Group, Arizona State University
Coating infused with antifreeze reduces frost and ice accumulation
Interest in biomimicry has skyrocketed over the past decade, and there are now thousands of Resources—including books, articles, videos, lesson plans, groups, training programs, and more—available to folks who want to learn, teach, and practice this valuable problem solving approach. Get started with a few of our favorites here …
Sharing Biomimicry with Young PeopleBiomimicry Institute
An orientation to biomimicry for K-12 teachers and others who work with youth.
The world is poorly designed. But copying nature helps.Vox and 99% Invisible
This 6 minute video introduces biomimicry, the application of biomimicry at different scales, and connections to the circular economy.
Biomimicry Basics: How to Innovate Using Nature’s StrategiesDenise DeLuca
In this 4-hour online course you will learn a step by step method for turning nature's strategies into innovative design solutions using the biomimicry design spiral.
Collections tie together Biological Strategies, Inspired Ideas, and Resources into themes that are often correlated with a particular human challenge, geographic area, or set of environmental conditions. Check out a few of our favorites and then start your own …
Chemistry of Nature
How can we learn from nature to create materials without using life-threatening chemicals and high temperatures?
Solving for a changing climate
The science is clear, and so is our imperative. What can we learn from nature as we design solutions for mitigating, adapting to, and reversing climate change?
Cooling Down In The Heat
From sweating, to panting, to pulling water from air, living systems rely on a number of forms and processes to stay cool and hydrated.
“Nature is constantly innovating, endlessly experimenting and ever reinventing itself in the face of new challenges.
From materials and products to business models, biomimicry offers a fresh lens for all the dreamers and doers remaking the man-made world.”