Humans have looked at nature for answers throughout our existence. Now, more that ever, scientists, designers, engineers and architects are looking for innovative solutions in the living organisms that surround us.

Janine Benyus the president of the Biomimicry Institute explains in an interview with CBID (Center for Biological Inspired Design):

“The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. This is the real news of biomimicry: After 3.8 billion years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.”

Read the complete interview

By imitating nature’s time-tested patterns we find the keys to help us create sustainable solutions, generating well – adapted structures and materials, making things waterproof, aerodynamic and solar-powered as well as creating a path to a sustainable future.

Janine Benyus says: Our reality now, is that there are too many of us, and our habits are unsustainable, this new discipline is helping us to answer the question:

“How can we live on this home planet without destroying it?”

One of the biggest issues of our time is water; how to; collect it, resource it, treat it, and reuse it. In this talk Janine Benyus mentions among many other brilliant discoveries the Namibian desert beetle that has been studied to create new ways of collecting this precious resource. (Minute 7.05)

http://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus

In the upcoming articles we are going to look closer at different innovative ideas that have been inspired on the desert beetle´s way of accessing water in its harsh natural environment.

To understand more about biomimicry and Janine Benyus work see:

Biomimicry Institute and Ask Nature