What is Biomimicry?

The architectural profession is rapidly embracing digital design technologies developed and applied in the framework of biologically inspired processes. Put simply, nature is the largest laboratory that ever existed and ever will. While biomimicry does not exclude emulating form, we are interested in the processes and systems in which all design resides.

An overview text is here from Michael Fox’s Book Interactive Architecture: Biomimetics-Overview

The following links allow for a more detailed look into Biomimcry

What is Biomimicry? from the Biomimicry Institute

Biomimetics-Design by Nature: National Geographic Treatment

Conversation with Janine Benyus from the Biomimicry Institute

Biomimicry as a Tool for Innovation from the Biomimicry Institute

The Eden Project: a popular project inspired by nature

Evolutionary Architecture: a relevant publication from the AA

100 Best: highlights 100 best industry innovations inspired by nature

Biomimetic Architecture is a short publication by Sandro Alberti

Zoomorphic is an exhibit that highlights buildings that look like animals

Design Boom has a great treatment on Biomimicry worth checking out, great articles as well

The Centre for Biomimetics at the University of Reading has become a leader in Biomimetic research

Bio-Logic of Architecture is a fascinating pdf that delves into buildings acting like biology, not looking like it

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8 thoughts on “What is Biomimicry?

  1. Hello. The Biomimicry is a interesting term.

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  5. I am an aspiring biology major with a focus on environmental sciences. What advice would you give to a young student who finds biomimcry utterly fascinating? What are the prospects for a career in this field once I graduate in 2016? The possibilities in regards to the application of biomimcry on our everyday existence seems enormous.

  6. nkosi mashila says:

    hello. am studying architecture and doing biomimicry for my final thesis. does anyone out there have case studies of buildings i could use other than the Eastgate Building, the CH2 and the Menara?

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