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In partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo.

Biomimicry is an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. The Biomimicry Guild helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models through workshops, research reports, biological consulting, and field excursions.

The core idea in biomimicry is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. They have found what works, what is appropriate, and most important, what lasts here on Earth. This is the real news of biomimicry: After 3.8 billion years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.

Taryn Mead’s lecture includes unique images of nature coupled with the technologies inspired by them to tell the story of a world in which humans fit in with the natural environment, meeting our needs while simultaneously creating conditions conducive for all Life. Building on case studies in the built environment, she will introduce the time-tested adaptations of the genius around us and provide the fodder for new questions, the answers to which will help create a vision for a sustainable future. Through the conscious emulation of Nature’s Genius, designers of our systems can imagine innovative sustainable solutions that will transform our world by mimicking nature’s forms, processes and ecosystems.

–  Explain the basic concepts of biomimicry
–  Explore the basic concepts of Life’s Principles and how they can be applied to design
–  Identify how biomimicry is being applied around the world
–  Discuss a theoretical approach for using biomimicry as a tool for sustainable design

Taryn Mead, Senior Biologist at the Design Table, Biomimicry Group
Taryn’s training in ecology and the socio-industrial aspects of environmental issues provides a systems-based platform for discussion of biomimetic principles and methodologies. As a Biologist at the Design Table for the Guild, she specializes in Nature’s functions at the ecosystem level. With a bird’s eye view on planning, architectural and production challenges, she provides insights into ecological principles that can be used to enhance the way designs fit into the landscape of a place. She guides clients through a design process that asks the local organisms how to flourish in the regional habitat conditions and incorporate ecosystem nutrient cycling into landscape scale designs. Her assignments include consulting with corporate clients, researching biological strategies, facilitating workshops with design professionals and biologists, creating tools to assist in the design process and managing the Guild’s internship program.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shoenberg Theatre
4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110,  Directions

Free for all attendees!

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QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

ASP Enterprises
Energy Solutions, Inc.
Pioneer Forest

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