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  1. Bio-Inspiration Learning from Nature By: Garner G. Dewey ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  2. Nature as a model … • Food • Shelter • Dominance and protection Desire to improve life … ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  3. Why should we be interested in learning from NATURE? Proven Designs CREATIONIST or EVOLUTIONIST Green ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  4. Why should we be interested in NATURE? “Biology offers a great model for imitation, copying and learning, and also inspiration for new technologies” (Benyus J. M., Biomimicry: Inovation Inspired by nature, 1998) ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  5. Why should we be interested in NATURE? • New advances in science & technology • New methods for research & analysis • New disciplines ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  6. How should Designers look at NATURE? Admiration Source of inspiration Transferability Ecological example (symbiosis) ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  7. Form Vs Function ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  8. “New” Technologies and Designs • Problems/Needs • Opportunities ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  9. Bionics, Biomimetics & Biomimicry “Copying, imitating and learning from nature” • Bionics term coined in 1960 by Jack Steele of the US Air Force • Biomimetics term coined by Otto H. Schmitt in 1969 Bios = life Mimesis = Imitate (Bar-Cohen, Y., Biomimetics: Biologically Inspired Technologies, 2006) ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  10. Copying Divers’ fins from water creatures • Imitation Solar cell from photosynthesis of a leaf • Inspiration Flying from birds • Learning Recycling from biological systems ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  11. Discoveries/research … • Gecko’s paws • Boxfish streamline • Thorny devil lizard • Cocklebur • Lotus leaf cleanliness • Whale flipper nodules • Sharkskin • Mussel glue • Morpho butterflies iridescence ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  12. The class I teach! • International short term • Biomimicry Inspired Design, & Design and Culture • Travel to Costa Rica • Time with biologists and local naturalists • Form, color and systems ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  13. Activity!!! (Malacology or Conchology) • What? • Where? • Purpose? • Shape (sketch it) • Color • Material(s) • Examples in man-made designs • Other things to learn from design or system? ITEEA Charlotte 2010

  14. Questions / Comments ? Dr. Garner G. Dewey Appalachian State University ASU Box 32060 Boone, NC 28608-2060 deweygg@appstate.edu (828) 262-7337 ITEEA Charlotte 2010