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Oct 19, 2015

Adaptive Communities Workshop


From developing an undergrad class to inspire biomimicry in business to creating an affordable prosthetic hand design that can be made from a 3D printer, we’re proud of the work our students are doing to bring biomimicry-based solutions to the world through the Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University.  Here’s a look at several Virtual Design Lab projects being completed by the (almost) Certified Biomimicry Professional Class of 2015. The cohort of 20 will travel to Africa in November for a final in-person session before they graduate. The BPros—spread across the world—will have earned a Master’s of Science in biomimicry from ASU and will have completed Biomimicry 3.8′s elite BPro in-person trainings.   With the 2015 class of biomimics set to graduate in this fall, we’re now accepting applications for the next class of innovators looking to be inspired by nature as they look to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Interested students must apply before Nov. 15 for the Spring of 2016 Master’s of Science in Biomimicry program at ASU.  Application for the BPro 2016-17 cohort is open only to applicants who have successfully been admitted to the MS program through ASU Online in Fall of 2015 or Spring of 2016. Final BPro cohort selection occurs in Spring of 2016. Our next BPro cohort won’t be selected until 2018.

Adaptive Communities Workshop

Diana Hammer, Lisa Dokken and Elisha Long are looking to introduce solutions inspired by nature’s strategies to local governments around the world to they can begin to manage some of the most pressing growth management problems facing communities.

Lisa (in New York), Diana (in Montana), and Elisha (in Boston), have teamed up for their BPro Virtual Design Lab project to create a one-day Adaptive Communities Workshop to connect local governments around the world with biomimicry, helping each tap into the power of using local ecosystems as a guide for planning.  The one-day workshop introduces local organisms that could inspire ideas for area growth planning projects.

“How do we actually look at our neighboring ecosystems and try to ensure our cities and communities are reflecting the environment we’re in? We were really keen in trying to further that concept.”

-Lisa Dokken, Bpro Class of 2015

Nature-inspired prosthetic designs with growth in mind

Affordable and accessible. Those are two words missing from the conversation when organizations talk about getting prosthetic limbs to children in need. That’s why Ana Carolina (in Brazil) and Daniela Esponda (in Mexico) are using nature-based ideas inspired by biomimicry to create a new kind of prosthetic limb design.

As a part of their biomimicry professional training, they’ve created a Virtual Design Lab project that will create a template for nature-inspired prosthetic limb design that functions better and is easier to manufacture.

Their focus is on creating upper limbs for children from 6-9 years old. Current designs are limited by high manufacturing costs and lack of account for a child’s rapid growth, Daniela said.

“I didn’t want to be creating useless things. I was really happy to be doing something that puts together both passions, creating for people in need and creating using nature’s expertise.”

-Ana Carolina, BPro Class of 2015

Biomimicry for Business, 101

If Michael Dupee has his way, all future business leaders will be introduced to biomimicry.

That’s why the successful businessman and soon-to-be Certified Biomimicry Professional, or BPro, chose to create a Biomimicry for Business 101 course as his Virtual Design Lab project that is part of the Master’s of Science in Biomimicry program at ASU.

After spending years as an investment banker and corporate responsibility officer, Dupee sees biomimicry as a smart innovation tool all business students should learn about—and use.

“This is a way to solve problems…and very few people are doing it so you have an advantage.”

-Michael Dupee, BPro Class of 2015

Living Building Challenge Work(Play)book

Although they sit thousands of miles apart, when Joe Zazzera, Jane Toner and Peggy Chu meet each Monday afternoon, they connect in hopes of creating a better world through sustainable, natural design.

Joe (in Arizona), Jane (in Australia), and Peggy (in Hong Kong), have teamed up for their BPro Virtual Design Lab project to produce a work(play)book that will integrate biomimicry principles into the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous building certification program run by the International Living Future Institute.

“They’re alluding to biomimicry. They’re asking people to look to nature. We adding the aspect of how would you look to nature. We’re offering people some processes.”

-Peggy Chu, BPro Class of 2015