Biomimicry Design Education Essentials

Stevens, Laura, De Vries, Marc M.J., Bos, Mark M.J.W. and Kopnina, Helen (2019) Biomimicry Design Education Essentials. Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, 1 (1). pp. 459-468. ISSN 2220-4342

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design education, Bio-inspired design / biomimetics, Industrial design, Sustainability
Subjects: H900 Others in Engineering
W200 Design studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 12:28
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 12:30

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