Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Nature's design is dynamic

A couple of thoughts on biomimetics and on using nature as inspiration for design.

Usually, it’s about things, finished objects whose beautiful shape or super-smart functionality and construction was copied or inspired by nature. Velcro, shark skin swimsuits, adhesives based on Gecko feet

But we rarely see design that mimics the dynamics in nature. The ability to adjust, to grow and evolve, to move, to heal, to disintegrate and compost. These would be interesting properties in our objects and systems.

Just noticed that the Club of Amsterdam is doing a workshop on “Social biomimicry”; that is, the ability of systems in nature to self organize swarms and flocking behavior, typically without central leadership.

It’s on February 23rd. – I wish I could go.

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