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Biomimicry - How to design like nature/ecosystems

Postby darcy_3000 on January 18th, 2017, 1:03 pm 

Just wondering whether anybody knows of any good books/resources for design strategies that mimic nature. The Book 'Cradle to Cradle' is a good one which I've read, but it applies more to industrial/technological desing in the traditional economy.

I'm thinking more along the lines of ecosystem design. E.g. strategies for planting trees i.e. optimal layout in a field, or when to introduce organisms like fungi, worms, soil ammendments into an ecological restoration project. One of the main images I have in mind is what's described in The Tao as the 'great way'. That being the network/branching pattern nature uses to construct fungal hyphae, trees, neural and vascular networks, and the web of dark matter through space. Catch my drift?

If anyone knows of any authors/books/journal articles that focus on this subject that are not overly mathematical/technical so as to be unreadable by a layperson that would be Tao! :-)
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Re: Biomimicry - How to design like nature/ecosystems

Postby darcy_3000 on January 18th, 2017, 1:38 pm 

Found a good one - https://asknature.org
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Re: Biomimicry - How to design like nature/ecosystems

Postby Mjr Houlihan on January 18th, 2017, 2:09 pm 

darcy_3000 » January 18th, 2017, 1:03 pm wrote:Just wondering whether anybody knows of any good books/resources for design strategies that mimic nature.
If anyone knows of any authors/books/journal articles that focus on this subject that are not overly mathematical/technical so as to be unreadable by a layperson that would be Tao! :-)


Look no further

Permaculture
Definition: A design system for sustainable human habitats

Permaculture will answer everything you ever wanted to know about optimum design systems.

The Permaculture movement was started by Bill Mollison and it is a design system based on 5 zones. You are zone one, your home zone 2, your garden zone 3, the neighbourhood zone 4 and the wider community zone 5. There are Permaculture principals the most appealing of which is ‘minimum input maximum output’ and also minimum interference. It is all about applying the principles of organic gardening to your whole life and immediate environment and getting the best out of it with the least harm. There is a community, courses, an excellent magazine and a designer’s manual. I’ve put a link to the manual but there may be an updated one you can get through the magazine. The first link is a film all about it. The second has an example of permaculture applied in Cuba. Enjoy :)

In Grave Danger of Falling Food - Bill Mollinson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtJbk8_GY8

Around the world in 80 Gardens – Monty Don - Cuba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqIf3Ui6yzw

Permaculture: A Designers' Manual by Bill Mollison
http://tinyurl.com/zmtzhuh

Permaculture Magazine
https://www.permaculture.co.uk/
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Postby darcy_3000 on January 18th, 2017, 2:22 pm 

Mjr Houlihan - gentleman!

Silly me should have looked to permaculture. Excellent links. Will try & get hold of a copy of Bill Mollison's Permaculture Design course :-)
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