Nature has been solving problems for billions of years longer than humans have, between biology and design. With its 4.5-billion-year head start on mankind, the natural world has developed some of the cleverest mechanisms for solving big problems, and that natural cleverness isn’t just informing new ways to generate energy. It’s slowly but surely informing everything from the way emergency rooms are designed to how data networks communicate. It asks that electricity grids act like bees and businesses manage resources like coral reefs manage calories. Seriously. Humans have learned a lot by studying natural processes and materials and many products have been designed, and replaced, due to researching natural processes.
Materials are diverse and ever changing with new developments, originally natural materials, wood, clay, stone, iron etc have been replaced by man made materials such as plastics. In the modern day consciousness we are all far more aware of the lasting negative impact these man made products and materials have on our environment.
We seek to reduce impact, so we have to design with a more sustainable approach, this not only includes the types and properties of particular materials but we are also now drawn to nature and what it has created, for inspiration in functionality as well as material.
Biomimicry; Humans are clever, but without intending to, we have created massive sustainability problems for future generations. Fortunately, solutions to these global challenges are all around us. Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. 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.
The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival. “I think the biggest innovations of the 21st century will be at the intersection of biology and technology. A new era is beginning.” -Steve Jobs
The research on this project will no doubt have a lasting effect on me, it has created a curiosity in me that I feel I will look at products, their materials and their functions in a totally different way. A natural way. I feel I will look for natures answers first.
It has taught me how much out there we have yet to understand.
Biomimicry and with the development of new natural materials has barely got started. The potential is infinite, and the journey is and will be inspirational.