What Is Biomimicry?

Biomimicry is a combination of the Greek words Bios (life) and Mimesis (imitation) and it means imitating life. Biomimicry is a discipline that mimics nature’s designs and processes to create a healthier and more sustainable world. Biomimicry is a multidisciplinary design approach based on observing and understanding the working principles of living systems.

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Biomimicry is a combination of the Greek words Bios (life) and Mimesis (imitation) and it means imitating life.

Biomimicry is a discipline that mimics nature’s designs and processes to create a healthier and more sustainable world. Biomimicry is a multidisciplinary design approach based on observing and understanding the working principles of living systems.

Innovation is a part of human life, but it is also an important part of nature. Evolution and natural selection are the oldest forms of innovation and have fed biomimicry, an important science subfield. Biomimicry is the design of products and systems that use natural organisms and processes to promote innovation.

Nature has the best design and the most efficient system. The human body is a great example of this. Many of the problems that technology must solve have been solved in nature. Systems in nature are highly efficient, reliable, durable, require less maintenance and are extremely reliable. If nature is hosting such good systems, why not take advantage of it when making a new design?

Biomimicry samples are found all over human life. For example, the robot named Treebot, which can climb a tree, mimics the way the caterpillar attaches to the tree trunk. The pointed beak of the kingfisher inspired the design of the front of the trains, called bullet trains, which use less energy and move faster in Japan. The hull coatings of the ships used by the US navy are exemplified by shark skin capable of fending off microorganism. The coarse fins of the humpback whale became the basis for the redesign of wind turbines.

Biomimicry is a way to creatively study nature and design new products and services based on these reviews. People who experience nature begin to think differently within the limits of efficiency and ecological integrity.

The first step in the biomimicry design approach is to define the problem and related concepts. Organisms with similar problems are then investigated. AskNature library is a good resource for this. The best strategy is selected and implemented.

Biomimicry is applied in many different disciplines such as architecture, engineering, product design, electronics and urbanism.

Emre Yılmaz
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Emre Yılmaz, the founder of Lighting Portal, graduated from Atılım University Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2013, and since then has been involved in the management and product development activities of state-supported projects in the lighting industry. He completed his master's degree at Gazi University Industrial Design Engineering Department and continues his education in the doctorate program of the same department.

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