Biomimetics and Biomimicry in Engineering

My interpretation

In Comment on 2010/04/03 at 11:45 pm

It is frustrating to see the term ‘biomimetics’ listed next to quite disconnected terms such as ‘natural design’, ‘human emergence’, ‘natural foods’, ‘community work’, or even ‘women leadership’.

I strongly defend that the adoption of biomimicry and biomimetic methods in engineering demands from us a new viewpoint, a mindset shift where design problems are not tackled in isolation, where manufacturing techniques go beyond a simple fabrication: the efficient use of raw materials, the engineering of smart properties and their functionalities, and the sustainable approach to disposal and re-manufacture. Nature inspires these processes because she is efficient, smart and sustainable. She has no choice and this is an important lesson.

However, the consideration of ‘healing’, ‘energy reading’ and ‘cultural ecology’ as part of biomimetics is taking the statement a step too far. At least for me. I would love to hear what you think. Leave a comment below.

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