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Posts tagged with biomimicry

  1. How nature inspires the material world

    30 Jun 2019

    Civilisations have been looking to nature for unique solutions to problems for thousands of years but it’s only since the mid-20th Century that this approach has started to become mainstream, explains Richard MacCowan. With Millions of species on the planet, Earth could be considered one big research and development lab. And…


  2. Planes, trains and automobiles

    28 Jun 2019

    Engineers and designers can learn a lot from the way that nature utilises diverse materials in complex ways. We lived in harmony with the natural world before the Industrial Revolution. That changed with the advent of new manufacturing processes in the mid-eighteenth century.  We are now seeing a change whereby science…


  3. New Arrival - Lewis Charters

    06 May 2019

    We are delighted to introduce Lewis Charters.  Lewis is our latest intern joining us while he is completing his MSc. Climate Change and Environmental Policy at the University of Leeds. During his time with us in York, Lewis will be working on some research into academic experiences of Nature Inspired…


  4. British Standards Institute

    01 May 2019

    Richard has been invited to work with the British Standards Institute (BSI) on as the UK representative for the ongoing international ISO standards on Biomimetics.  This will allow us to help shape the next stage in the development of new standards focusing on an ontology (organisation of knowledge) enhanced thesaurus,…


  5. TEDx York Summary

    02 Dec 2018

    Richard was delighted to be asked to be one of the speakers at TEDx York on the 16th of November. The event hosted by Heather Niven was focusing on Blurred Realities. With noted speakers such as Kim Arazi, Tim Leigh and Catherine Allen, the topics were as varied as VR and…


  6. Be The New Normal

    01 Mar 2018

    Nature as the Technology of the Future “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”, said Albert Einstein. Well, this is what we are going to do. Biomimicry is (or any other related terms) about how we can look to the natural world to find solutions…


  7. Disruptive Innovation Festival 2017

    30 Nov 2017

    Richard had the pleasure to broadcast a live studio session from the Disruptive Innovation Festival on Tuesday 7th November.   Here is a short summary of the discussions. The full interview can be found on Youtube. Talking with Marko Brajovic a talented Montenegrin architect living and working in Brazil, they discussed…


  8. Winners of the Design Competition

    01 Aug 2017

    Eleven Magazine Competition - Design Innovation Inspired by Nature Having judged all the entries from the design competition (hosted by Eleven Magazine) through the various rounds, the jury decided to award the overall prize to Karina Ashrapova from Russia with her entry titled, “Symbiotic Architecture: Space of Emotional Saturation” Her summary…


  9. ecophon interview

    01 Jul 2017

    Following on from Richard’s talk at the Workplace Trends conference he was interviewed by Ecophon for their regular blog posts on workplace design.  You can visit the interview on their pages and here from Sarah Welton the Well Building Institute.


  10. genoa travels…

    12 Apr 2017

    We are active members of the European Biomimicry Alliance. Our latest trip was organised by our colleagues in Italy and sunny Cogoleto, just to the west of Genoa. More than a dozen nationalities were represented.  The regular meetings give us the chance to share our best practices from our respective…


  11. workplace design

    25 Mar 2017

    Richard spoke at the Workplace Trends Spring Summit 2017 in London. The summit focused health and wellbeing in the workplace with a range of amazing speakers from across Europe.  We especially enjoyed the presentions by Vicki Lockhart and Sarah Welton from the International Well Building Institute. The team from D/Dock…


  12. global biomimicry network

    21 Dec 2016

    We are delighted to announce that we are part of the Global Biomimicry Network. This gives us to reach a wider audience and connects us to colleagues around the world Regional and professional networks are independent organisms, not legally affiliated with the Biomimicry Institute, or each other. Together, we are


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