INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABILITY

TOOLS

This page offers tools, methods and processes that support the practice of biomimetic design.

These items can support anybody from freshman students to seasoned designers.

nr. name purpose notes source
1 AskNature.orgby Biomimicry 3.8 Database of natural strategies and knowledge about nature for designers Very inspirational! Allows designers to develop themselves http://www.asknature.org/
2 BioDesign Cubeby Tom McKeag, Helps to frame design problems, create design brief, boundary definition and problem statement Understandable organizational tool to start a design project. First read Tom McKeag’s explanations for full benefit Zygote Quarterly 06, Summer 2013, page 102.Framing Our Design Challenges: Introducing the Bio Design Cube, June 17, 2009 
3 Biomimicry DesignLensby Biomimicry 3.8 Helps to deeply observe the way life works, and provides a framework for using nature’s genius to inform human design Somewhat complex, but far-reaching and integrative tool for designers DesignLens on B3.8 web page
4 Encyclopedia of Life eolby EOL Information about all life on Earth in text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more Extensive online database Encyclopedia of Life at http://eol.org/
5 Genius of Biomeby HOK & B3.8 Design and “Build as Nature Does Using Genius of Biome Report“ Highly visual report filled with insightful design strategies and sketches, application ideas and supporting research from one of the leading biomimicry-practicing firms GoBiome on Issuu.com
6 WildLife Finderby WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Lists species and their habitats around the world. Official source of ‘EcoRegions’ Suitable to know which specific species live in a place or to find out in which places a species lives and what threatens it. Also to locate different EcoRegions around the world. WWF on http://worldwildlife.org/
7 DANE
Design by Analogy to Nature Engineby Ashok Goel, Georgia Tech
Software for work on Cognitive Research DANE 2.0 has four primary functions:
Facilitate Biologically Inspired Design Activity
Cognitive Research Platform
Augmented Intelligence Platform
Structured Representation Development
DI Lab’s web page at Georgia Tech
8 BIDLAB Engineby Biomimetics for Innovation and Design Laboratory (BIDLAB), MIE Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto Biomimetic search engine to allow engineers to apply biomimicry to innovative design. Identifying and using the most relevant biological phenomena for any given design problem For username/ password, please contact them at bidlab@mie.utoronto.ca, or find contacts here The engine is at http://biodesign.mie.utoronto.ca/