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Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology
March 23 – April 20
This is a FREE, 4-week introductory online course about biomimicry as a sustainable design methodology.
Nature offers boundless inspiration for sustainable design, but how do we access the wealth of biological information available and apply it effectively to design? This course provides an introduction to the tools and principles of biomimicry, a new discipline that emulates nature’s best ideas and blueprints in order to solve human design challenges. Each week you’ll get outside to explore nature and learn a key biomimicry design concept that you’ll then apply to develop a novel biomimetic design.
At the completion of the course, students will have:
- Defined and applied biomimicry concepts, tools, and principles by creating novel biomimetic designs.
- Differentiated between nature’s design principles, strategies, functions, and patterns to apply them to human-made designs.
- Observed nature and conducted research to learn from nature through real-world, outdoor observations.
- Employed the biological solutions database AskNature.org to serve as a research tool for design challenges.
Visit Canvas.net for more info and to register.
Biomimicry Thinking for Social Innovation
Occidental , CA , United States
April 19 – April 24
The imperative of our time is to be more adaptable, resilient, cooperative, and networked. Yet life on Earth has already mastered these social practices over the past 3.8 billion years. This first-of-its-kind Immersion Workshop will focus on the social innovation applications of biomimicry. Over the course of the workshop, experienced biomimics will teach participants to:
- Define leadership challenges for which nature’s examples can best provide solutions
- Re-imagine organizational design, strategy, planning, and operations with inspiration from healthy and evolving ecosystems
- Conduct an ecosystem-audit of an organization or social-change endeavor
- Apply the biomimicry process to model your teams and organizations after healthy and evolving ecosystems and to become skillful at adaptive change
- Be part of a diverse learning network guiding the growth of biomimetic applications for organizational development and social innovation.
Chicago Biomimicry Immersion
Lisle , IL , United States
April 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
What if we could (re)design our buildings, communities, and cities to not only LOOK but ACT more like the natural environments they inhabit; making them more sustainable and resilient as a result?
Immerse yourself in the biomimicry design methodology and begin to translate nature’s deep principles of sustainability and resilience into the language of design. Combining internationally recognized biomimicry DesignLens methodology with our own local outdoor ecological experiences, architects, designers, engineers, students, and other enthusiasts will learn to create innovative, resilient, and restorative design solutions that are rooted in a unique sense of place. Apply what you learn directly to your LEED and Living Building Challenge projects!
The Chicago Biomimicry Immersion is offered by Prairie Lab, LLC, on one Saturday during the months of April, June, August, and October of 2015: four different seasons, four unique experiences.
Earn up to 32 LU/HSW units within 6 months, and apply what you learn to projects at your firm!
Visit prairielab.com/immersion to learn more and register.
Save 10% on your registration with promo code NETWORK10.
9th Annual Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Workshop
Veracruz , Mexico
July 8 – July 18
For the past nine years, biomimicry enthusiasts have flocked to Veracruz, Mexico, each summer to learn about biomimicry in a beautiful setting.
Registration for the 9th annual Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Workshop is now open. From July 8-18, join Biomimicry Institute staff and our affiliate partners at Universidad Iberoamericana and immerse yourself in the beauty of Veracruz State while learning about biomimicry with peers from all over the world. This introductory workshop is suitable for university students, educators, and other professionals.
Please contact course instructor Raul de Villafranca with any questions: rauldevillafranca@prodigy.
Nature, Innovation and the Future of Design at SXSW Eco
Austin , TX , United States
October 5 – October 7
Mark your calendars for October 5-7, 2015 in Austin, Texas!
The Biomimicry Institute and members of the Biomimicry Global Network are joining forces with SXSW Eco to curate a brand-new biomimicry conference track at the SXSW Eco conference in October 2015.
This track, called Nature, Innovation, and the Future of Design, will explore the intersections of science, technology and design that are inspired, mentored, and measured by the standards of our natural world.
In addition to the biomimicry track, the Biomimicry Institute will offer a series of pre-conference workshops for educators, and networking opportunities for biomimicry practitioners and enthusiasts. More info to follow soon!
Find more information about SXSW Eco conference here.
Biomimicry Global Network Event info courtesy of the Biomimicry Institute.