Biomimicry is a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. The basic idea is that nature, after 3.8 billion years of evolution, has most likely already developed solutions to address many design challenges we face today. The ultimate goal of Biomimicry
is to emulate nature’s products, processes and policies through the deliberate integration of life principles. The two basic principles of life are:
- Life creates conditions conducive to life; and
- Life adapts and evolves.
Animals, plants, microbes and ecosystems have adapted and evolved strategies for survival to the conditions on planet earth that economize energy and material without polluting their environment. Approaching human design challenges using Biomimicry methods will help us to determine the essential functions we want to accomplish then look to nature for inspiration of best practices, products and systems that are conducive to life on earth.