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Biomimicry Public Lecture

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Red Brick Cafe

8 Douglas Street

Guelph, ON N1H 2S9

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Jamie Miller, PhD. Biomimicry Frontier

Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature. It's the conscious emulation of nature's forms, processes and systems to build societies that are in harmony with nature. For example, it's velcro inspired by the hooks of the burdock burr or a wind turbine blade that's made more efficient by copying the bumps on a humpback whale fin. It's also a holistic perspective that draws on billions of years of evolution in nature to understand how to thrive on this planet. A key tenant to biomimicry is to be locally attuned and adaptive.

In this talk, Jamie explores about the relationship between design and place - the way that nature uses information rather than materials and continual adaptation to fit its dynamic circumstances and the contrasts between natural and human engineering. The talk will explore the growing field of biomimicry, the little we know about nature, the way that new technologies are reshaping the relationship between design and place and how biomimicry will be the guiding model and measure as we move forward. Jamie explores the importance of innovation from the ground-up and the importance of local knowledge and participation in nature and how these translate into our own designs. Biomimicry is not a new idea - think snow shoes inspired by arctic hare feet - but it does come at a time where it can have lasting impacts on the way that we design with nature and evolve in our dynamic and uncertain environments.

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