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Nature’s refined solutions, mapped to your design challenges.
Design solutions to human challenges, inspired by biological strategies.
Everything you need to learn and teach about biomimicry and life centered design.
Themed clusters of strategies, ideas, and resources, curated by you.
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Mound facilitates gas exchangemound-building termites
The internal structure of above-ground macrotermite mounds facilitates gas exchange in the below-ground nest by harnessing external wind energy
Plant species diversity creates long-term stabilityprairie grasslands
Diverse plant species in prairie grasslands support a long-term, stable ecosystem because they exhibit complementary functionality.
Leaves capture waterbromeliads
The leaves of some bromeliads capture water and nutrients in a storage tank via hydrophobic leaf surfaces.
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 …
Sharklet surface textureSharklet Technologies, LLC
Shark-inspired surface reduces bacterial growth without causing resistance
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.
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.
A quarterly journal for biologically inspired design.
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 …
Resilient Food Systems
Biological strategies could provide inspiration for how to improve our food systems at both minute and systemic scales.
Chemistry of Nature
How can we learn from nature to create materials without using life-threatening chemicals and high temperatures?
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.”