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LAST DAY to win this FREE Intro to Biomimicry course to shake up your design career!

It’s no secret that design and architecture are highly competitive fields, and those in the industry often pay thousands on R&D, not to mention the money spent on all of the educational degrees they needed to get a job in the first place. But for many successful designers, the answers and inspiration that led to their breakthroughs were found not in a school textbook or through a research and development firm, but right within their own natural surroundings. Biomimicry, or the application of solutions found in nature to man-made technologies, has been responsible for many innovations such as velcro, airplanes and passive cooling, and has inspired numerous designers to connect the dots and come up with world-changing concepts. If you’re interested in learning how this relatively new methodology can give you a competitive edge, Biomimicry 3.8 is giving away its online Introduction to Biomimicry course to four lucky winners. Read on to see how you can get this $99 course for free.

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY:

1. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE > (If you are not already a subscriber.) We’ll be announcing the winner in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it in order to claim your prize!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW > Tell us why you want to win this introduction to biomimicry course. Maybe you want to use it to gain an advantage over your competition or to simply become a better designer — let us know in the comments below. The deadline for this giveaway is TODAY December 31st. We’ll pick the comment we like best and announce the winner in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

4 CHANCES TO WIN! DEADLINE IS TODAY DECEMBER 31ST

 

ABOUT BIOMIMICRY 3.8′S INTRODUCTION TO BIOMIMICRY COURSE

Biomimicry 3.8 is the global leader in biomimicry consulting, professional training and education, and has helped more than 250 clients design everything from furniture to airplanes to even entire cities in nature’s image. This year, they launched an online introduction to biomimicry for anyone interested in unlocking the potential of this methodology to elevate their work to the next level. Whether you’re a designer, an architect, an inventor or just a fan of nature, this self-paced online course will take you through 3+ hours of fresh content where you’ll learn the basics to see all life as the genius design partner it is. To learn more about this perspective-changing new course, click here.

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  1. MatCotton December 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I’m a student doing a specialization in human environment with a minor in ecology. I’m interested in the intersection and overlap of the built environment and the natural one. Especially in how it can improve our day to day life and the planet we inhabit.

  2. xAudiex December 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    What a awesome giveaway idea. Their are always going to be classes that people hate and ones that people love. This would definitely be one to remember!

  3. Barry Richardson December 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I am a designer returning to school, studying architecture, in my 40′s. My motivations were pure in attempting this-saving the world from global warming and ugly houses- but Man!- these kids are competitive! Please, please, pleeeeease give the old dude something cool to talk about with my new peers and I promise I’ll tell’em where I got it!

  4. sunnymay December 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I’m a nurse always trying to find a way to help others and to have it done in a sustainable way would be even better.

  5. Landy Figueroa December 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I am a biologist with a strong interest in design and low-tech solutions for living lightly on the planet.

  6. theaugustgirl December 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I would like win Biomimcry 3.8′s introductory course to continue what I started with classes in master gardening, permaculture and forest gardens and use this information in my garden and my community.

  7. audetan December 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

    The world is complaining about how little resources it has left, leading to the current energy crisis. One critical problem to be solved by humans is to get sustainable designs and materials for our everyday uses. For the moment, people create designs from scratch, and optimise them until they are too optimised to be further improved. Then, one needs to go back to a previous version and start the optimising operation over again in order to get a better result. And this whole process starts again until people are satisfied with the final result.
    Meanwhile, Nature has also followed this process for thousands of years, and has come to very optimised designs. Humans could simply start from these, work with these, adapt these for their own purpose. So, why don’t we do it? Why do we always start from scratch instead of using an existing and well-performing solution?
    Because we are lacking of knowledge.

    I believe that our future lies in implementing efficient solutions. Getting a sustainable future will not be achieved only by solving the energy and resources issues. It is a matter of implementing efficient solutions. A matter of thinking ahead. Spending less time starting from the unknown, and rather observing what we already have, what is around us all the time. Learning from our environment and developing it and ourselves at the same time.
    I believe that our future should start by learning more, by getting inspired.

    To me, as a R&D engineer in building physics, participating in these biomimicry courses would be a good start to learn about nature and to use my knowledge as my natural resource to build a better future. And I wish that everyone who has this opportunity will use his knowledge the same way.

  8. Sang Ham December 26, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Hi, I am a senior student of South Korea. I am majoring in civil & envirinmental eng and minor in architectural eng. While I am studying, I am so fascinated about sustainability. and I decided to go US for further study focused on green building. After that , I watched and gathered lots of information, and got to know about biomimicry. Yeah, that’s true. Nature is the answer. But in my country it is not that easy to study biomimicry. even it is hard to study about green building. And today I found this course, I decided to sign up for the course. But you guys give me a opportunity, I will be sincere about this course thanks to you guys. It is like I feel like someone looking me. Who knows , I will be famous ..Whether you guys pick me up, I really wanna study about this area. and I wanna say I got fantastic articles from you guys always via google reader. Thank you for griving me huge interests about sustainability. Thank you

  9. alvaro.delgado.091 December 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    From my experience as a teacher, architect and amateur photographer Im fascinated with the idea that nature would potentially be a major source of inspiration to design our own environment, I would love to learn more about this!

  10. Randah December 23, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I say if you don’t live on the edge, you’re taking too much space. I want to stay on the edge, and biomimicry is what i need to hang in there.

  11. Robyn Lucienne December 22, 2012 at 7:42 am

    As a teacher of Aboriginal perspectives and working with communities we only use the amount of sunlight, air, water needed and use the same things for different functions, nothing is wasted, everything is reused, transformed. Sharing and cooperation are expected in extended kin relationships and this brings advantageous reapplication based on diversity and inter dependency. Aboriginal communities are at a crossroads with pressure from mining and pasturalists and learning about Biomimicry helps to create the option of developing an organic economy that uses local expertise in harmony and sustains culture to curbs excesses from within.

  12. amberlilly December 21, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I have always had a strong connection with the natural world and really do feel that nature is our greatest teacher. Perfection in design, we have so much we can learn from studying nature in it\\\’s many forms. I have always intuitively sensed this however it is only recently that I have heard of the ideas/ concept of biomimicry and therefore I would be delighted to win this introduction to biomimicry course. It would be amazing to learn more about the ideas behind biomimicry and develop a foundation for viewing the natural world in terms of design and drawing inspiration from this world for application in our lives and to solve human problems.

  13. Amberlilly December 21, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I have always had a strong connection with the natural world and really do feel that nature is our greatest teacher. Perfection in design, we have so much we can learn from studying nature in it’s many forms. I have always intuitively sensed this however it is only recently that I have heard of the ideas/ concept of biomimicry and therefore I would be delighted to win this introduction to biomimicry course. It would be amazing to learn more about the ideas behind biomimicry and develop a foundation for viewing the natural world in terms of design and drawing inspiration from this world for application in our lives and to solve human problems.

  14. Aanand Davé December 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I am a researcher of Industrial Sustainability in terms of architecture, production systems and products. As part of this I have begun looking at how our systems can mimic nature but it would be the most amazing Christmas present to get a chance to meet and discuss Biomimicry in a larger forum and also be able to draw the points I get from the course into my research to create more solutions that promote values of eco-efficacy.

  15. Caroline McCrea December 19, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I am a third year interior design student with a focus on sustainable and universal design solutions. Sustainable design is fast becoming the industry standard (as it should be!), and it is effecting how we approach and solve design challenges. I would like to learn more about biomimicry, because I believe nature is the perfect model and can provide us with the answers to some of the toughest questions we face.
    Thank you,
    -C

  16. lilianadesigns December 19, 2012 at 8:37 am

    My passion for designing sterling silver jewelry developed largely upon the discovery of materials collected along the shore. I’ve walked the beaches my entire life and am inspired by what nature produces and how we fit into this scheme. I have an affinity to the natural world and am especially intrigued by mans interactions within it and how we fit in. My materials of choice are sea glass and sea stones blended with sterling silver. Sea glass is the unique case where something man made has been discarded as trash and transformed by nature into a beautiful gem. I am fascinated by and interested in learning more about natures design and its impact on mans journey to mimic and control what is by design uncontrollable.

  17. srtortoise December 19, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I’m not a designer or architect. I’m a biologist, farmer, and writer. I just enjoy learning whatever I can. Our problems are multifaceted. We should be, too.

  18. Spilling Ashes December 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I studying a double degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science at the University of Canberra. I love the designs created by nature and find biomimicry inspiring. I am always looking for new ways to combine my interest in the environment and in design, so this course is a must for me.

  19. Parker Bankston December 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    very interesting — looking fwd to the course,,

  20. movmedia December 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I am exploring biomimicry to understand how humans can adapt to changing climate, whether it be the familiar change of seasons, or the more dramatic and substantial long term consequences of human caused climate change. What can we learn from plants and animals that evolved with the ability to adapt? OF course I can use all the help I can get, and I intend to use this course as continuing education in my ever changing life-long study of adaptive living.

  21. Devin Goss December 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I’d like the course to give me an edge as I enter architecture school.

  22. susands December 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I am very proud of my son who lives at John Muir college and is studying biological science in order to make an impact on the world. I would love to surprise him with this gift.

  23. elel94114 December 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    What would be fabulous about this course? Taking nature’s suggestions and examples that are right in front of us, and learning how to dance with them to elegant and sustainable design solutions!

  24. kirstenmcgregor December 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I’m interested in learning applications of biomimicry in my company Global Green Carbon. What we’re working at is creating wholistic solutions to climate change through reforestation and forest preservation. Our challenge is to create a sustainable alternatives to current practices and yet still address the needs of the local population and national/regional resource pressures. In addition the goal is to preserve habitat for biodiversity — so the approach is layered with many nuances and blended components. It may be beneficial to apply a completely new perspective / approach to this global challenge regarding our diminishing forests. Perhaps biomimicry can provide some unique insights.

  25. Christina Hall December 17, 2012 at 1:50 am

    This would truly make my year if I won the ability to do this course!
    I went to school for Biological Chemistry, which I love, but recently I have been attempting to incorporate architecture and green living into my life. I stumbled upon Biomimicry truly by accident and have never gotten the chance to fully experience it.
    I am someone that loves to be green in my practices in life and I have always been inspired by design.

    Thank you so much for the opportunity!!! I’m thrilled to be a subscriber of this website and content.

    Christina Hall

  26. jazztweet jazztweet December 16, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Firstly, Happy Holidays!

    Now, what’s there not to want to learn about Biomimicry? If I am being taught about using nature’s wonderful designs, and to apply that in everyday life to help create sustainable living, then I am definitely game.

    We need to understand that we are not in any way separate and apart from all the other organisms of this world. They were all made with specific purposes in mind to sustain the planet and that great designer was God. So as someone who is deeply passionate about the Earth and its inhabitants,crafty and creative knack, interest in “biotecture” as well as science and education(I work at a science centre in my country), not only would this course be beneficial to me, but beneficial to the public as well. The popularization of nature and technology or rather technology WITH nature!!!

    Be creative, innovative and sustainable.

    Lastly, Happy Holidays!!! :)

  27. The Haunted Smile December 16, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Thrilled to see this exciting approach to design become a training opportunity. I truly believe that the best way for our civilisation to move forward in advanced ethical, sustainable and multi-purpose design is to observe the earths natural state which has survived, thrived and evolved over millions of years. This has long been the organic approach I have taken in my design work and I would cherish the ability to learn more about bio-mimicry to move forward with unique, breakthrough designs in my architectural work.

  28. illei December 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I would like to win the online biomimicry course to reinforce the knowledge of design, based on nature capacities to perform and adapt to different change on the environments. Also to understand why nature establishes simple design solutions for their better performance.

    Thanks

  29. Christopher Gerber December 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

    The answers to todays problems are no mystery, the code to to build energy efficient, sustainable systems is all around us,in nature. Biomimicry is tapping into the infinite power of what is to build a better future, I want to help build that future.

  30. Donal Sheehan December 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    It’s truly amazing how nature has the solutions to many, if not all of our problems. At the end of the day we are part of nature, so lets work with it rather than against it, lets embrace nature and become one. I believe we should use natures genius to influence our designs and more importantly, help us in our everyday lives. As a working architectural designer, I’m in the Honorable position in which i can help improve lives. This course can help me, help others.

  31. elliz December 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

    As a Environmental Psychologist, understanding nature and it’s potential applications to our life will provide me with the tools to find new solutions to neighborhoods and cities stress problems.

  32. greentone enviro design December 14, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Education is our most important gift. I am always eager to better myself in the world of sustainability. “Think Green…..Be Green.” – GreenTone Enviro Design

  33. Coco Newlin de Rojas December 14, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I want it for my kids and I want it for myself. Living abroad, I am forced to enroll them in quite a traditional-learning environment. I’d like to learn more to help inspire me and use the knowledge to inspire them in their creations. I realize it is a small audience, but I have high hopes!

  34. Dave4Cook December 14, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Whilst we should get inspiration from nature around us today, it is very useful to consider “nature’s failed experiments” Look at the fossil record!

  35. rinks December 14, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Hello,

    I am a practicing architect from India. I come from a country with very high population density and its a constant challenge for us to cater to its people’s housing requirements in a sustainable way. To provide a green, environment friendly solutions to the urban population’s developmental needs would be a boon. Hence, i would very much benefit from learning about the Biomimmicry techniques of design and it would provide me a radical way in my design conceptualisations…

    Ar. Pradnya H.

  36. mamta December 14, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Inspiration form nature without in-depth understanding is merely superficial .
    The vision of this practicing architect, product designer with entrepreneur ‘s hat on –is ” to look away from the existing industrial processes of heat beat treat and arrive at cohesive solutions for the bigger challenges that envelope us ” .
    In order to introduce self sustaining processes, systems and services , its imperative to build the future world on bio-mimicry principle .

  37. Bradley.Dean.Klein December 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Inhabitat/Biomimicry 3.8,

    When I found out about biomimicry, it was like a light suddenly turned on inside my head. It seemed like a revolutionary approach to designing the built environment. What lessons could we learn from the plants and animals around us? How can we make buildings and products do more with less? What problems could we solve? For me, the study of biomimicry means:

    1. A chance to improve my architectural practice;
    2. A way to positively influence the lives of my clients;
    3. A source of inspiration for the improvement of communities and the built environment;
    4. An opportunity to improve how buildings are made, reducing their impact on the environment; and
    5. An introduction to life-changing and world-changing knowledge.

    Please consider me for this opportunity. I feel I am in a unique position to share this information and apply it to really affect people’s lives.

    Bradley Dean Klein, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

  38. aecium December 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Starting to work with 3d printing and would love to learn how to incorporated nature based designs in my project.

  39. v.p.a December 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Because learning the language of nature is the first step to try to fix the mistakes we, humans, made.

    I am a environmental engineering student in Brazil and here there are no books or courses in biomimicry available. This will be a wonderful oportunity to learn more about this fantastic area.

  40. canuxforryan December 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Nature is always something that “wows” us. And to incorporate that wow factor into our daily experiences. WOW!

  41. Jennifer Tolentino December 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I just finished a Sustainable Energy class at Clemson University and as part of that class we touched on the subject of biomimicry and I borrowed some ideas for passive temperature control from various plants and animals and am incorporating them into the design for a small cottage I am building as part of a non-profit I am starting with some friends. The idea is to teach people about ways of living a more sustainable way and increasing self reliance by teaching natural building, sustainable horticulture practices, and use of alternative energies to people. After someone takes a class or workshop we will follow up with them by helping host a workday and buy needed supplies to start a garden, install solar panels, of even a series of workdays to help with community build projects.
    By me taking a class like this I can learn a great deal which will in turn be passed on to people who wouldn’t normally even know what biomimicry is.

  42. Viv Williams December 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I am a designer who already uses merino and organic cotton in my work and would love to learn how to incorporate more of nature into my work. After all we should be working with, not against mother nature! She has so much to offer us!

  43. giorgos_86 giorgos_86 December 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Back in Uni,as a Civil Engineering student, I have gone a bit out of my way in order to do 2 different research projects on Biomimicry.
    Currently I am doing doctoral research on IT-Construction but I would love to use Biomimicry at some point in my career as I strongly believe in it. I know that there are no limits to its applicability so I am confident an idea will come when the time is right; I don’t think one should Biomimic just for the sake of Biomimicing…what do you think…?

  44. Laura Ward December 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

    ‘The Ox are slow, but the Earth is patient.’ Learning is a lifetime commitment that involves creativity and transformation. The Earth is our home and our teacher but we need the tools of observation to behold the metaphor.

  45. Pasakorn Coso December 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I want to apply the knowledge to make sustainable development throughout our fast developing region of ASEAN without destroy our natural rich.

  46. a.keala December 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I am a Self Design learning consultant and aspiring permaculture and ecovillage designer living in Cascadia North America. I am fascinated by the meta-cognitive concept that we can move beyond our technological adolescence as a species through a deeper understanding of the nature of nature’s divine design with the integration and embodiment of living system design principles. I have several projects that I would apply this learning to immediately. Thanks for your consideration!

  47. jokysparrow December 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I am an architect and a designer. I understand the importance of this field is currently in a constant grow, imitating the way nature and space interact. Biomimicry is a natural resource nature uses to progress… something we should also consider as the corner stone of our progress.
    Daniel Giordano

  48. Sam Sendon II December 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hello, I live in a Fishing village in front of the Pacific Ocean in the Philippines. Aside from the ocean, it is endowed with vast farmlands, some forests and mountainous areas. I believe Biomimicry could greatly help me to understand the environment I live in, with the aim to help in its positive developments — from a Rural Province to a scientific-technology enhanced area (without becoming a full blown Metropolis) while sustaining its natural environment. My aim is to help find solutions to problems experienced by members of the local community so the “poverty mindset” becomes a thing of the past. I am now looking at Biomimicry as a source of solutions.

  49. Jocelyn Abruzzese December 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I am in Interior Design Student and just finished an Intro to Sustainable Built Environments class. We touched on Biomimicry and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been wanting to take this course to het a better understanding if Biomimicry and maybe use more in my designs.

  50. GatherWell December 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I’ve been interested in biomimicry for a long time, but only know a little about it. I’m not a designer, but am thinking that the principles will also apply as we continue to build out an ecosystem of social enterprises and support for budding social entrepreneurs at Gatherwell.

  51. Pattie Baker December 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I write http://www.foodshedplanet.com/and will write about the class (as I did with a Stanford MOOC I am currently taking). Additionally, I am completely in love with sustainable design and science’s role in helping create innovative solutions in a changing world.

  52. Eric Hovelsen December 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I would love the opportunity to do this course and apply biomimicry to sustainable product design. Nature adapts to it’s surroundings for survival, and so should humans.

  53. Mohamed Mattar December 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I want to use it for my new engineering design job that I will be starting in January!

  54. Ginkgo Studio Ginkgo Studio December 9, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I am working as an architect for the past 6 years and currently studying biomimicry processes in Grasshopper (a plugin for the 3D program Rhino, where you can script parametric models).

    I would love to expand this skill further by following this course!

    Not sure if it works, but an example movie can be found here: http://vimeo.com/54950282#at=0

  55. amraladdin December 9, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I’m an Architectural Engineer, and I’m currently working on my PhD in Building Engineering. The topic is the retrofitting of the inner side of the residential building’s envelope.
    Other than the need to optimise the thermal performance of the envelope, the complex relation between the users and the inner surfaces of the spaces require a more holistic approach; one that takes interaction with the users, comfort, aesthetic appeal (among others) into consideration.
    Biomimicry can help learn about systems, materials, processes, structures and aesthetics (just to name a few); and I plan to explore how this can be applied in my field of interest.
    I believe that by going more deeply into how nature solves problems that we experience today, we can extract timely solutions and find new directions for our built environments.

  56. Dustin Davis December 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I’m currently researching as much as I can learn about Biomimicry to create a workshop presentation for a semi annual sustainability conference hosted by California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) at their Spring 2013 Convergence hosted by UC Berkeley. This Intro to Biomimicry course would be an amazing resource! Thank you. Dustin Davis

  57. Mathias Ellegiers December 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I want to use it to develop sustainable small and affordable housing in the NEO area

  58. rtbarretto December 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I think Evolution took 13.7 Billion years to work on its designs. Nothing like standing on the shoulder of giants for inspiration.

  59. mybad December 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I love your daily information, keep up the good work!

  60. Jeris Miller December 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I am an avid naturalist and have studied evolutionary microbiology and now currently focus on Sustainable Living (I lead a Google+ Community called LifeStyle 2.0) and Healthy Balanced Living Practices. My interest are centered on Interwebs Broadcasting and Web Series & Film Distribution through out the interwebs. I feel a BioMimicry Course can not only assist me with documenting Permaculture & Sustainable Living practices but also assist me with designing sustainable Technology systems. It\’s a cross fertilization.

  61. dakini_3 December 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I am an avid naturalist and have studied evolutionary microbiology and now currently focus on Sustainable Living (I lead a Google+ Community called LifeStyle 2.0) and Healthy Balanced Living Practices. My interest are centered on Interwebs Broadcasting and Web Series & Film Distribution through out the interwebs. I feel a BioMimicry Course can not only assist me with documenting Permaculture & Sustainable Living practices but also assist me with designing sustainable Technology systems. It\\\’s a cross fertilization.

  62. dmacneill December 8, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I am an environmental practice student who loves nature. Architecture and design also fascinates me and I would like to explore any courses that would bring it all together!

  63. Lori Tidwell Wyant December 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Nature lover. Artist. Art in nature lover. Lover of new ideas. Imaginator. Thanks for the opportunity!

  64. Hyncharas December 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I already have a number of proposals that plan to use Biomimicry, though some educational insight couldn’t hurt.

  65. Mia Marcakis December 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Wow, I’d love to learn more about biomimicry!Thank you for the giveaway. Hope to see you in the classroom ;)

  66. kohearn@peoplepc.com December 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’m an architect and I would like to take sustainability much further in my designs.

  67. titchyditch December 7, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I teach Design Technology at a Secondary school. This course would be great as I could pass on what I’ve learnt with my students to help them improve their design work and to help them come up with more inventive and creative solutions.

  68. roanoak December 7, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I am a student studying industrial design at Philadelphia University. i would like to pursue a career path in sustainability and i am very passionate about my work. i truly believe that nature is the best architect/designer/engineer. i would like to take from this by using biomimicry and reflecting it in my work to help solve the sustainability problems beyond even what i am assigned in school. sharing this information with my peers and professors would be quite invaluable to such an up and coming program. We are at the pivot point in environmental history, and i am looking to be a part of the solution.

  69. mickey5751 December 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I am in the US Navy and a Chemical Engineer. My passion is efficiency and nature. The nice thing is nature is super efficient and it is my goal to help the Navy realize that sustainability and war-fighting go hand in hand. I would like to learn how to incorporate designs into current and future systems based on nature.

  70. ellenforpresident December 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Seek and ye shall find!

  71. khorlander December 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Because nature has billions of years of experience over us.

  72. jcchouinard December 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I first started thinking about biomimicry few years ago thinking that I had a revolutionnary idea on how society should work believing that nothing was more efficient than evolution results, although I didn’t knew at that time it existed. Then, I heard about this idea of biomimicry by Janine Benyus on TED talks that really talked to me. I am a 22 years old bachelor in marketing and I am working in a company which is a leader in technology consulting services business trying to develop a marketing department. I believe in finding ways of making business through biomimicry, thus developping winwin situation for ourselves, our clients (mainly governmental institutions) and for society. I think that the best way of saving ecosystems and to develop a durable society is to integrate biomimicry in every part of the society to prevent inefficiencies, reducing cost and create value. I intend to dedicate my life to find a way to make the environmental fight a sexy matter and not just a scientists warning. That’s why I want to win this course! Thank you very much!

  73. iamso December 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I’m neither an artist nor a designer, not even an engineer, yet, I’m still studying. I’m a human being trying to discover my place in this world, trying to be my own natural trueself as nature intended. I want to learn how to unleash my creativity, how to do good, how to live and think in balance with nature. I want to see above my ego and do something practical that helps us fall more into place on this planet with more care,respect and love. I have been educating myself in emotional design recently and when I first read on your website about biomimicry a couple of days ago it all started to make sense into my mind and made me certain that I want to learn more and more and put it to good use in this wonderful world. I think this biomimicry course is the perfect opportunity to do so and I would be the most enthusiastic student on board! I honestly just want to thank you for the article,it oppened my mind to amazing information that otherwise I would probably be unaware of!

  74. mclellandarchitecture December 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    As an architect, I’ve been really intrigued by the idea of biomimicry for a long time, but I haven’t had an opportunity to study it in any depth. I’d love to take this class to begin the process.

  75. ashley.muse December 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I am a designer and a teacher and a life long student of ecology. I\\\’d love to participate in this first hand educational experience.

  76. ashley.muse December 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I am a designer and a teacher and a life long student of ecology. I’d love to participate in this unique educational experience.

  77. jschmuki December 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I teach as part of the STEM initiative and know the inclusion of biomimicry would benefit our rural southern community….

  78. ianjames December 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I would like to attend this course because I believe that Biomimicry is the answer to the numerous environmental issues that we are facing as a society. As designers/architects we contribute to approximately 50% of the worlds landfills and I believe that we have a responsibility to do better for our planet.

  79. kmccly December 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    After sitting in on an introductory presentation about biomimicry it did not take long to realize it is an important, arguably critical, knowledge base for our line of work. Our offices are involved in leading deep green design and engineering services and are always looking to improve, expand and refine our knowledge and skills. Biomimicry is not only an efficient way to design but an important step in taking low-impact development towards regenerative; and be able to give back to the environment rather than deplete it. As the lead for our sustainability department in our Vancouver office, learning the basics of biomimicry would be a valuable step in being able to transfer that knowledge to the engineers in-house as well as the design teams as well as the owners. Being able to take part in the course would be an invaluable opportunity.

  80. bizgrl bizgrl December 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I would really really enjoy attending the Biomimicry course to expand my perception of natural design solutions for my creative projects and inventions. I already spend several hours each week in natural settings focused on observing and taking photographs of elegant activities and examples of nature’s marvelous and stylish expressions. This class would help solidify my observations with repeatable design methodologies. I am excited by the topic and the possibilities for innovation. Thanks for the opportunity!

  81. Meagan Clark December 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I want to win to expand my mind with knowledge!

  82. apoindexter December 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Designing WITH nature in mind. What a concept! A concept that we have departed from for far too many years. Nature has withstood all of the elements & has triumphed. Lets look TO nature for the answers. That is the only way we will be able to succeed as a species. I am a purchasing agent for a commercial subcontractor & am also chair for the USGBC Emerging Professionals in Denver. I love to open the minds of designers, engineers, builders, etc. to the endless opportunities that are out there… especially in our industry!

  83. Yvonne Kamp December 5, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I am a nature conservator and a photographer and think biomimicry is fascinating.

  84. jhox3 December 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I’m currently studying architecture after a switch of majors from environmental science. I believe that design is important in anything that is produced for the betterment of humanity, especially buildings. Taking this course would help me further emphasize the importance of biomimicry in my design, incorporating more efficient and intelligent systems in the engineering of the environments in which we are surrounded.

  85. oliviar December 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Dear Inhabitant,

    Recently I graduated with a bachelor of Architectural Studies in New Zealand BUT I have decided against pursuing with my Masters. I feel that university restricted my free following design thoughts.
    I grew up on a large farm in NZ. I am terribly grateful to have grown up having this lifestyle. It has made me appreciate and understand the importance of our interactions and affiliations with the natural environment.
    I have not yet been able to find a course relating to biophilic design or biomimicry in NZ. So now, at the age of 21 I have set out on a travel expedition around the world to discover the relationship between nature, psychology, spatial design with special reference to biomimicry and biophilic design, traditional building techniques, looking into both Eastern/Western philosophies. My research to date expresses a collaboration of my findings, beliefs, realisations and thoughts I’ve discovered. Through the knowledge I gain I hope to design environments that are spatially aware, designed for the occupants, and are actively sensitive toward natural world. Ultimately to enhance the well-being of our youth today, whilst celebrating the potential of our natural world.
    All my spare cents at the moment are going toward funding my travel! I am extremely eager to gain any extra knowledge in this specific field of design, so to have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of biomimicry would be simply incredible.
    Regards,
    Olivia

  86. oliviar December 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Dear Inhabitant,

    Recently I graduated with a bachelor of Architectural Studies in New Zealand BUT I have decided against pursuing with my Masters. I feel that university restricted my free following design thoughts.
    I grew up on a large farm in NZ. I am terribly grateful to have grown up having this lifestyle. It has made me appreciate and understand the importance of our interactions and affiliations with the natural environment.
    I have not yet been able to find a course relating to biophilic design or biomimicry in NZ. So now, at the age of 21 I have set out on a travel expedition around the world to discover the relationship between nature, psychology, spatial design with special reference to biomimicry and biophilic design, traditional building techniques, looking into both Eastern/Western philosophies. My research to date expresses a collaboration of my findings, beliefs, realisations and thoughts I’ve discovered. Through the knowledge I gain I hope to design environments that are spatially aware, designed for the occupants, and are actively sensitive toward natural world. Ultimately to enhance the well-being of our youth today, whilst celebrating the potential of our natural world.
    All my spare cents at the moment are going toward funding my travel! I am extremely eager to gain any extra knowledge in this specific field of design, so to have the opportunity to gain extra knowledge would be simply incredible.
    Regards,
    Olivia

  87. liz.thomas December 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I need a course for my CEUs for the Environmental Ed Non Teaching Certificate I gained in 2009 in KY. One of the components is to learn about an area that we lack knowledge in. This would be perfect! I would be interested even if I don\\\’t win!

  88. liz.thomas December 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I need a course for my CEUs for the Environmental Ed Non Teaching Certificate I gained in 2009 in KY. One of the components is to learn about an area that we lack knowledge in. This would be perfect! I would be interested even if I don\’t win!

  89. carogj82 December 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Im an industrial design student from Argentina.
    When I first found out about biomimicry, I thought it was very interesting to find out some of the best design solutions were inspired by nature. Its awesome as designers we can learn from insects, animals, plants and other elements and traspolate their features to create new solutions for products.
    I would love to learn more about this subject!

  90. mariamb December 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Hi, I’m a design student and I want my practice to be in environmentally friendly design.
    I think looking at nature is an essential part of green design, not only for coming up with new technologies, but for learning how to live in better harmony with the planet. I hope to have this chance to formally learn how to use nature as inspiration for new thoughtful design! Thanks!

  91. dwhitney December 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I teach Engineering Innovation, a course for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Florida. Biomimicry is the foundational element of the course\’s curriculum, with weekly sessions using examples of nature-inspired innovation.
    Taking the online Introduction to Biomimicry course helps me inspire engineering students to change the world – a central theme of Engineering Innovation.
    David Whitney
    Entrepreneur in Residence
    College of Engineering
    University of Florida

  92. mikec89 December 4, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Without Biomimicry we wouldn’t be where we are today in terms of technology or society. We owe everything to nature and the amazing solutions to life’s problems they have over come. As well as learning more in depth Biomimicry I would love the chance to meet Janine Benyus! She’s an absolute inspiration to the field of Biomimicry. I’m a Product Designer who wants to save world (don’t we all!!)

  93. EcoSmallSteps December 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Biomimicry should be incorporated in any type of product design. How is it that research and development by observing nature is not second nature?

  94. misslindseyrose December 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Inhabitat,
    I am so pleased to see this on your site! I am currently taking a course on sustainable built environments! My professor is crazy about Janine Benyus and all that she does, nothing would make me happier than to take this course! It would also help me in my studying to take the LEED GA (for now – will eventually take the LEED AP) It would be so inspiring to learn more about biomimicry because there’s only so much we learn during a semester!
    Make a green girl happy!
    Best Regards!

  95. annja December 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    learn from nature what we have forgotten. to live in balance.

  96. Sarah Steinberg December 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I’m an independent, architecture-trained designer and permaculture gardener. After several years of believing that traditional architecture is the right path for me, I’ve realized that it isn’t. I am using biomimicry and permaculture design techniques to redesign my career and inform my lifestyle, from following the rhythms of the seasons in planning my day to the sorts of services I hope to provide. Janine Benyus’ work has inspired me to look beyond structures to examine whole-life issues for humans and our planetary companions.

  97. Brittany Schroeder December 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I’m a Biology student in Kentucky with a passion for nature and design. I plan to pursue grad school in Environmental Science and Engineering so that I can work to develop low-tech sustainable solutions to our world water crisis. Mainly I’m interested in bioremediation, aquaponics, ecological restoration, and sustainable design. I’ve been exploring different kinds of biomimicry for awhile now, and if I could, I’d major in it. As far as technology and architecture go, it just makes sense to use the biological world as a model for how we create and design, it has had way longer to develop and “get things right”.

  98. steward December 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Because we are neighbors for life.

  99. Patil Amit amitpatil2020 December 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    To come closer to Mother Nature!

  100. Andrea Fox December 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I am an artist and designer. I am also an avid nature lover, and I find that the most pleasing concepts and designs always incorporate natural elements.I am constantly redesigning everything I see to try and improve its performance. I would LOVE to take the biomimicry course, its something that I know would make me better at what I do, and education is extremely important to me, and I try to learn at least one new thing every day.

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