9 episodes

We share Earth with millions of other species, many of whom have been around much longer than us. Biomimicry is the promising practice of learning from nature’s forms, processes, and systems to create life-friendly designs that benefit both people and the planet. Lily Urmann – a biomimic, educator, and nature communicator – will explore this exciting field and showcase how biomimicry is applied and practiced around the world; from architecture and engineering to material science, manufacturing, business, design and everything in-between. Join Lily as she dives into the brilliant and beautiful world of how nature works and interviews biomimics across cutting-edge disciplines. Together, let’s discover what we can learn from nature!

Learning from Nature: The Biomimicry Podcast with Lily Urmann Lily Urmann

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    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

We share Earth with millions of other species, many of whom have been around much longer than us. Biomimicry is the promising practice of learning from nature’s forms, processes, and systems to create life-friendly designs that benefit both people and the planet. Lily Urmann – a biomimic, educator, and nature communicator – will explore this exciting field and showcase how biomimicry is applied and practiced around the world; from architecture and engineering to material science, manufacturing, business, design and everything in-between. Join Lily as she dives into the brilliant and beautiful world of how nature works and interviews biomimics across cutting-edge disciplines. Together, let’s discover what we can learn from nature!

    1 Billion Biomimics and Biomimicry in Architecture with Jamie Miller

    1 Billion Biomimics and Biomimicry in Architecture with Jamie Miller

    A relatively small, yet committed group of individuals CAN radically shift a system. But how do we get there? And what does that future look like? In this episode, join Jamie Miller, Director of Biomimicry at B+H Architects and President of Biomimicry Frontiers as he explains what this practice looks like in the application space, and how you too can help shape a collective and hopeful future. Jamie has almost two decades of leadership in this field and will share his insights on finding your niche, integrating biomimicry on a deeper level, and carving out a career that will fuel your soul. 

    • 42 min
    Life's Principles and a Regenerative Food System with Sara El Sayed

    Life's Principles and a Regenerative Food System with Sara El Sayed

    How is biomimicry related to what we eat, or the ways that we connect to a place? Listen in to learn from Sara El Sayed, Co-Director of The Biomimicry Center and Assistant Research Professor at the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University. We will explore and explain Life's Principles: 26 deep patterns that govern all of life on Earth, and an incredible tool to measure how life-friendly a design is. Sara beautifully weaves this methodology with Traditional Ecological Knowledge as it relates to our food system. Together, these practices and perspectives can help us build a healthy future for not only humans, but the ecosystems in which we live and the organisms that share our home with us. 

    • 42 min
    Natural History and Our Love for the World with Tom Fleischner

    Natural History and Our Love for the World with Tom Fleischner

    Natural History is ultimately the practice of falling in love with the world, and is a powerful gateway to biomimicry. We are all born with an innate curiosity for nature, and practices like these can re-ignite that inquiry, inspiration, and love. In this episode, hear from Tom Fleischner, a naturalist and conservation biologist who was the founding Executive Director of the Natural History Institute in Prescott, Arizona, and is Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College, where he taught interdisciplinary Environmental Studies for 29 years. Join us in conversation to hear why natural history is so important now more than ever, and how it can be a tool to help heal the world. 

    • 48 min
    Life-Centered Design with Giselle Carr

    Life-Centered Design with Giselle Carr

    We are at a crossroads. One direction takes us down the path of extraction, destruction, and greed. The other leads us to regeneration, resilience, and love. Giselle Carr is building a future on the later with her life-centered company Stardust, based in Trinidad and Tobago. The realm of Life-Centered Design includes biomimicry but also incorporates a broader focus on any product, design, or process that not only is based on nature but intentionally centers all life. Listen in to hear how Giselle is applying this practice to projects globally, and how she is crafting a career where her passions align with what the world needs in this moment. 

    • 36 min
    Biophilia and Creating a Life-Friendly Future with Timothy McGee

    Biophilia and Creating a Life-Friendly Future with Timothy McGee

    The average American spends over 80% of their time inside. How do we begin to reconnect with Nature on a deeper level and create a future where Nature is centered in our built environment and technology? Biophilia is the human tendency to interact or be closely associated with forms of life in Nature. In this episode, Tim McGee outlines how he integrates biophilia and biomimicry into his career and discusses what it takes to make a bio-inspired idea a reality. In his years of experience being a leader in this field and working closely with a collection of large clients, Tim is able to shed light on what these practices look like and how we can further push the boundaries of our current systems in order to live in harmony on our home -- that is not ours alone. 

    • 45 min
    Superorganisms and Adapting to Change with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker

    Superorganisms and Adapting to Change with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker

    All of the organisms that we share our planet have to adapt to change in order to survive. Superorganisms -- termites, honeybees, fungi to name a few -- are a great example of resiliency and success in the natural world. Dr. Tamsin is an evolutionary anthropologist, biomimicry pioneer, and  author of TEEMING: How Nature's Oldest Teams Adapt and Thrive. Join Lily and Dr. Tamsin in a conversation of how we can translate strategies from superorganisms to businesses, what it means to implement biomimicry at the process and systems level, and how this practice brings hope for our future. 

    • 34 min

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