Biomimicry design education essentials

Laura Stevens*, Marc M.J. de Vries, Mark M.J.W. Bos, Helen Kopnina

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The emerging field of biomimicry and learning to design with and for nature has expanded in recent years through a diversity of educational programs. Inspiration following natural forms may give the appearance of being sustainable, but the question remains, how sustainable is it? Misunderstanding the function of these forms may leave designers with products not as sustainable as desired. Biomimicry education addresses these issues by integrating three essential elements into their design thinking phases and by using analogical transfer while doing so. This field learns from nature as model, nature as measure, and nature as mentor, throughout the design process. Through examination, analyses and verification of students designs and reflective processes at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, this research considers natures analogies in educational factors, determining which elements are influential when incorporating biomimicry into design education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-468
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
Issue number1
Early online date26 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2019 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019


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