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What is Bio-mimetics and Bio-mimicry? 

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Bio-mimetics refers to human-made processes, substances, devices, products, buildings, or systems that imitate nature. The art and science of designing and building biomimetic apparatus, products,  systems, architecture, et. is called bio-mimetics. Of special interest to researchers is nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), the medical industry, architecture, every day products, and the military. On this website the focus is on sustainable architecture and sustainable products.


Videoclip below: TED -Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture

Uploaded on Feb 10, 2011

http://www.ted.com How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun. This clip is a great introduction to bio-mimetics and sustainable architecture and shows some practical application possibilities for architecture in general.


Bio-Inspiration: Nature as muse (below)

This clip shows how different departments/faculties can work together to solve everyday design problems.


Uploaded on Nov 5, 2008: KQED

For hundreds of years, scientists have been poaching design ideas from structures in nature. Now, biologists and engineers at UC Berkeley are working together to design a broad range of new products, such as life-saving milli-robots modeled on the way cockroaches run and adhesives based on the amazing design of a geckos foot. QUEST visits their labs to find out what's so special about these crawling and scaling animals.