On the 13th April, we spoke to a full house at the Pleasance for our Design by Nature event as part of Edinburgh Science. Alongside Veronika Kapsali and Naomi Nakayama and the amazing host, Kathryn Harkup, we shared our stories about how we use biomimetics as part of our work.
Our discussions ranged from barbed wire, Da Vinci, through to regrowing the desert as part of a regenerative closed-loop system.
The highlights of the talks were the innovations in textiles led by Veronika highlighting the way that multi-layered materials react to moisture, heat and pressure. Penguins and pine cones were at the forefront!
With Naomi discussing the work of Biological Form and Function Lab at the University of Edinburgh. They are exploring different plants and animals about how they react to stimulus. The focus was their novel study of dandelions seed flight. They are using their study of biology to teach biologists about design-thinking and highlight how you can take the principles from nature and develop prototypes.