In a recent article for The American Planning Association’s publication, “Planning Magazine”, Dr. Nicola Davies explores biomimicry’s influence in urban planning. In her piece entitled, “Mother Nature, Designer: Using Biomimicry for Planning and Urban Design”, Ms. Davies sites nature inspired examples including the newly re-designed National Building Museum in Washington DC. The author makes a compelling case stating,
… designs can be adapted and transformed from structures that drain resources and energy into entire ecosystems that benefit communities, cities, and the planet.
Adiel Gavish touches on the application of ecological performance standards to resiliency planning in cities,
Because cities essentially operate at an ecologically sub-optimal level, utilizing these metrics aligns us with place-based ecological and biological standards.
Re-connecting to and meeting these standards can inform and improve resiliency planning as well as optimize investments in resilient infrastructure.
Make STEM education come to life! BiomimicryNYC has partnered with the BOCES Center for Environmental Education on their annual Biomimicry Workshop for Educators. Cost is only $75 per person for this 4 day workshop running from the evening of Monday, July 30th through Thursday, July 3rd, 2014. Held at the beautiful Omega Institute for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY.
The first ever Global Biomimicry Conference explored nature inspired 3-D printing, Generous Cities, a Regenerative Economy and how Green Chemistry can lead the way in creating sustainable products.
Biomimicry consultant, Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker captures these inspiring and game changing ideas from the Conference in a series of articles featured in Triple Pundit.