Biomimicry: The Future of Urban (and further) Design

“Let’s not reinvent the wheel.  Let’s make the wheel smoother.”

Biomimicry: The Future of Urban (and further) Design

Biomimetics, or biomimicry, is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. The terms biomimetics and biomimicry come from the Greek words bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate. A closely related field is bionics.

Living organisms have evolved well-adapted structures and materials over geological time through natural selection. Biomimetics has given rise to new technologies inspired by biological solutions at macro and nanoscales. Humans have looked at nature for answers to problems throughout our existence. Nature has solved engineering problems such as self-healing abilities, environmental exposure tolerance and resistance, hydrophobicity, self-assembly, and harnessing solar energy.  Biomimetics could in principle be applied in many fields. Because of the complexity of biological systems, the number of features that might be imitated is large.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomimicry

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