Advantages And Disadvantages Of Biomimicry As A Tool For Innovation

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Register to read the introduction… Not what do you want to design? Who is involved in the problem? And where is the location of the problem?. The next step “Translate” is to rephrase the problem in biological terms expressing it in habitat, climate, nutrients or social conditions. After this, the “Observe” stage starts, looking closely at nature to find the best model to solve the problem. At this point the interaction among engineers, designers, biologist and specialist becomes essential to be able to choose the best example in nature according to its characteristics. Having the model selected the “Emulate” process takes part looking into details to mimic form, function and ecosystem. Finally, the “Evaluate” step, in this part the design or solution is assessed against life’s principal, also possible improvements might be requested and the learnt lesson is documented for a future or different problem (Biomimicry Institute …show more content…
As we have seen in some cases during lectures, innovation never happens in isolation and this example supports that statement. Another advantage is the possibility to generate as many ideas as species exist in nature, which are limited only by the participants’ knowledge in the task. Also, Biomimicry can help to produce improvements in existent technologies as the example of WhalePower shows or completely new technologies, merging some existing as it is mentioned in the example of Solar Botanic. Despite its advantages, there are some drawbacks with Biomimicry as a tool for innovation. It is a fairly new technology that has been used only for a few and those who have used it have employed different approaches to the “Design Spire”, methodology suggested by Biomimicry Guild. It seems that there is no established methodology yet to follow an organised thinking process in Biomimicry. As the examples presented above show, both companies used Biomimicry for innovation in a different way. In the first example, the knowledge from the nature came first, realising a possible technology application later on and lastly the solution for the specific problem was found. In the second example, technologies were there working

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