Biomimicry: The art of asking nature for advice

Workshops on Tuesday 4 March

Organised by Studium Generale

Tue 4 March 2014 20:00 to 22:00

Venue Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Biomimicry - Learning from Nature

Biomimicry (from the Greek bios: life and mimesis: to emulate) is generally understood as an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by consciously emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., collecting solar energy like a leaf, making fiber like a spider, creating color like a peacock, growing food like a prairie.

The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. Not only are scientists already turning to nature to find inspiration for new designs. Biomimicry is also arguably one of the hottest novel business concepts, attracting interest across a spectrum of markets. The Biomimicry Network aims at realizing a culture shift towards a society, in which asking nature´s advice in all endeavors will become second nature.

The art of asking nature for advice


Danielle Davelaar, Codrin Kruijne, Frederiek van Lienen, Elma Schoenmaker
What would nature do here? What wouldn’t nature do? Why? And why not? The biomimicry approach consciously seeks nature´s advice at all stages of design, from scoping to creation to evaluation. Design lessons from nature, Life’s Principles, serve as an overarching scoping and evaluation tool. In a number of mini-workshops you will have the opportunity to discover and use Life’s Principles in various settings.

Organization: Studium Generale in collaboration with Biomimicry Network Wageningen and Biomimicry NL