Biomimicry: The Future of Sustainable Innovation

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This activity is a Forum. It represents a sizable part of Tongji Design Week (October 10-17) at the College of Design and Innovation.

The 'Biomimicry: The Future of Sustainable Innovation' Forum will occur over one day and bring together proponents of Biomimicry in China and beyond in order to discuss how we can use biomimicry for China's next step of sustainable development. You can attend the morning and/or the afternoon!

"The ideal event to obtain the newest input & achievements in biomimicry as well as to know what's happening around you in terms of biomimetic design and by whom!"

Name: 'Biomimicry: The Future of Sustainable Innovation'

Theme: 'How can we push Biomimicry for the Good of China's Sustainable Development?'

Date: 2014.10.14, 1 Day

Start: October 14th, 8:40 am

Cost: Free to everybody, free lunch only for attendees of both morning and afternoon activities


PechaKuchas (morning)

The PechaKuchas are an array of various experts tackling biomimetic issues in their respective fields, presenting their innovative work. Pecha Kuchas are swift and informative presentations that last exactly 6 minutes and 20 seconds. Each comprises 20 slides, which each are shown for exactly 20 seconds. This allows the presenter and the audience to focus on new, important ideas quickly and effectively. Throughout the whole morning we will have one pioneering insight after an other! We also have arranged time for asking questions, networking with the presenters and refilling on coffee.


We will have two keynote speeches, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, respectively. The keynotes will give us the opportunity to explore Biomimicry in a deeper, more detailed way. As the speakers are biomimicry experts invited from abroad, we will obtain a glimpse of the state-of-the-art biomimicry work around the planet! What are the most advanced biomimicry projects for human sustainability?

Keynote no. 1 | Thomas McKeag, BioDreamMachine, USA
Beyond Metaphor: Three Themes for Bio-Inspired Designers
This lecture outlines four emerging technology trends, the role that bio-inspired design plays in those trends, the differences between natural and technological solutions, and briefly mentions three themes that designers might consider: Little Things Multiply Up (structure), Surfing for Free (energy), and Aren't You Smart (information). (by Tom McKeag)

Keynote no. 2 | Sherry Ritter, B3.8, USA:
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Emulating a World That Works
Look around you. You will find many examples of how we humans, since the start of the industrial revolution, have separated ourselves from nature and have created conditions that are harmful to life on earth, including our own survival. By studying nature and how life creates conditions conducive to survival, we can learn how nature’s organisms and ecosystems are attuned to local conditions, are resilient in the face of changing conditions, optimize their use of energy and materials, balance development and growth with available resources, and use chemistry that is not harmful to cells, tissues, and the environment. That is, nature demonstrates a world that works, and we need to pay attention to those lessons. (by Sherry Ritter)

Sessions (afternoon)

The breakout sessions will offer plenty of opportunity to discuss real projects and actual issues of applied biomimicry. We are having several roundtables, moderated by experienced professionals, each coupled with a scientist. Additionally, each roundtable session includes several like-minded professionals. Together, we are tackling a specific aspect of the design realm. Audiences are invited to contribute and ask questions. You may even offer a discussion topic or submit a question in advance by emailing it to BiDL

You must register to attend this event. Registration will open from mid June on. Please register here: Registration Deadline is September 30, 2014.


October 14th

8:40 Registration/ view Biomimicry in China exhibition
09:00 _ 10:30 PechaKuchas (TBC) 09:00 - 09:10 Greetings & Intro Pius Leuba, Tongji
Nature-Society (RE-)Connection: 09:10 - 09:20 Wonders of Life Guo GuangPu, Biology, Tongji
09:20 - 09:30 Genius of place Seema Anand, Biomimicry Network, India
09:30 - 09:40 Q&A, Discussion
Biomimicry Development: 09:40 - 09:50 Coastal Water Management Alessandro Bianciardi, Biomimicry Professional, Italy
09:50 - 10:00 RESET: Regenerative Design Raefer K. Wallis, GIGA, SH
10:00 - 10:10 Biomimetic Design Lab BiDL Pius Leuba, BiDL, Tongji
10:10 - 10:30 Coffee Break, Discussion
10:30 _ 11:10 Keynote 1 "Beyond Metaphor: Three Themes for Bio-Inspired Designers" Tom McKeag, BioDreamMachine, USA
11:10 - 11:20 Q&A, Discussion, (Coffee)
11:20 - 12:00 PechaKuchas (TBC) Bio-inspired Environments: 11:20 - 11:30 Bio-inspiration in Transportation Katja Martini, XCreo, HK
11:30 - 11:40 Bio-inspiration in Architecture Sean Quinn, 10Design, HK
11:40 - 11:50 Bio-inspiration in Urbanism Francesca Galeazzi, ARUP, SH
11:50 - 12:00 Q&A, Discussion
12:00 _ 13:30 Networking lunch
13:30 _ 15:30 Breakout Sessions (TBC) 13:30 - 13:40 Greetings & Intro Pius Leuba, Tongji
13:40 - 14:40 Session 1: Cross-disciplinary Collaboration Alessandro Bianciardi, B Professional, Italy
- What are ways to bridge the gaps between different disciplines for sustainable outcomes?
Session 2: Biomimicry Ventures Lance Smith, Gensler, SH
- How can new start-ups and entrepreneurial spirit stimulate the field of biomimicry to achieve critical mass?
Session 3: Biomimicry in Standards Raefer K. Wallis, GIGA, SH
- How to create demand for Biomimicry in project certification and sustainability standards?
14:40 - 15:00 "Summary Presentations, 5 min. each" Session Moderators
15:00 - 15:30 "Coffee Break, Discussion, Networking"
15:30 _ 16:10 Keynote 2 "Emulating a World That Works" Sherry Ritter, Biomimicry 3.8, USA
16:10 - 16:30 Q&A/ Discussion/ Networking/ Biomimicry in China view Biomimicry in China exhibition...

You must register to attend this event. Registration will open from mid June on. Please register here: Registration Deadline is September 30, 2014.


We are looking forward to welcome the following contributors:

Sherry Ritter B3.8 USA confirmed!
Seema Anand BIN India confirmed!
Francesca Galeazzi ARUP Shanghai confirmed!
Raefer K. Wallis GIGA Shanghai confirmed!
Lance Smith Gensler Shanghai confirmed!
Tom McKeag BioDreamMachine USA confirmed!
Guo GuangPu Tongji University, Biology Shanghai confirmed!
Sean Quinn IODesign Hong Kong confirmed!
Katja Martini Xcreo Hong Kong confirmed!
Alessandro Bianciardi Planet Italy confirmed!

etc. ...

...and You!

Organizer: BiDL Coordinator: Zhong LiWen, Pius Leuba Host: College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, Location: College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, BaShiYiQi (Siping) Campus, FuXin Road 281

You must register to attend this event. Registration will open from mid June on. Please register here: Registration Deadline is September 30, 2014.