To provide insight to the process of bio-inspiration, this collection of work shines light on the educational methods currently being explored in China's top institutions

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Bioinspired design is both simple and complex.

Simple as it provides an easy reference to discuss ideas through a means we all can relate and feel inspired by – the natural world. Nature easily engages those from a wide range of backgrounds, from environmental enthusiasts to professional designers and scientists, as well as the general public. Complexity arises when the metaphor is not enough and we need to understand beyond what we see. At many levels, we are still trying to comprehend how natural systems are interrelated and how we can start mapping these connections.

Bioinspiration is a broad field that encompasses many facets of biology, engineering and design. The research and development of materials, systems and techniques based on natural phenomena is considered one of the main contributors for innovation in applied sciences, and a critical driver for future advances in sustainability. However, the extent to which bioinspiration can influence our daily lives through its different ramifications is still relatively unknown. In that sense, this book aims to serve as an introduction to the umbrella term of bioinspired design, and explain the similarities and dissimilarities between its different specializations, from biomimetics to biomimicry.

To provide insight into the process that merges nature and design, bio labs founded by some of the top universities in China were invited to exhibit their work for this book, namely the Key Laboratory of Bionic Engineering from Jilin University, the Key Laboratory of Bioinspired Smart Interfacial Science and Technology from Beihang University, the Dynamic Technology Lab for Bionic Materials and Structures from Donghua University, and the Biomimetic Design Lab (BiDL), from Tongji University.

Additionally included are interviews with international researchers that began their careers when the discipline was just starting to establish itself. These biodesign experts include biologists, zoologists, architects, engineers and chemists, and their answers aim to showcase the different ways nature-driven methodologies are explored in education and professional practice. This book offers a unique perspective into the current state of biomimetics and biomimicry in a challenging but exciting moment for bioinspired fields. Through professional research and students projects, this collection of work shines light on educational methods currently being explored in Chinese institutions, as part of a national environmental agenda that is critical, not only for the future of the country, but for our entire planet.

This book is available for purchase on Amazon June 17th 2019 for $32.79 USD. (c) Tongji University Press

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