Biomimetics

Using natural science research to inform design

Through 3.8 billion years of research and development, nature is able to produce remarkable designs. Each species on earth is born with the ability to make physical and behavioral adaptations aimed at survival and propagation. Close observation and study of these evolutionary strategies – from simple structures to complex communities – offer insights of value to artists and designers and help suggest sustainable solutions for the built environment.

Biomimicry Roundtable

In the spring of 2014 the Nature Lab hosted a meeting with representatives from the packaging industry and Biomimicry Institute, an organization devoted to helping people support sustainability by emulating design in nature, to brainstorm innovative ways to use biomimetic design to reduce waste.

Germ Studio

Jennifer Bissonnette, biological programs designer at the Nature Lab, facilitated a microbiology lab for Professor Peter Yeadon’s Germ Studio, a class aimed at designing hospital spaces to minimize hospital-acquired illnesses. Students learned basic gram staining techniques, observed both common and pathogenic bacteria and fungi under light microscopes, cultured bacteria from local sources and used the scanning electron microscope to explore the micro-topography of common hospital materials.

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