Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Ms Claire Janisch, BiomimicrySA
24 August 2011
Biomimicry is a new science of an ancient practice defined as “conscious emulation of life’s genius”: looking to nature for sustainable solutions to challenges we face.
Says Claire: For designers, architects, engineers, and all innovators, the answer to the question “What would nature do here?” is a revelation. There’s not one new idea, but millions, ideas evolved in context, tested over eons, and proven to be safe for this generation and the next. Life has been performing design experiments in Earth’s R&D lab for 3.85 billion years and organisms and ecosystems can provide us with innovative and progressive solutions to the design, engineering and other challenges that we now face: energy, food production, climate control, benign chemistry, transportation, packaging, and more.
Claire Janisch is a chemical engineer by training. She works as a sustainability & innovation consultant and a biomimicry professional. She is a graduate of and trainer for the Biomimicry Professional Certification Program and currently heads up BiomimicrySA.