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MSc BIOMIMICRY, THE BIOMIMICRY CENTER AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Biomimicry & Design

In this 15-week three credit online course, students from a wide range of backgrounds are introduced to where design thinking and biomimicry intersect. 

We explore each phase of the biomimicry design process and the role of the designer, work through a variety of design challenges, and discuss the evolving role of biology in the field of design.

Teaching since 2011

Key learning objectives include:

Distill complex challenges in a way that can be responded to through inspiration from nature;
Translate biological strategies to design strategies;
Produce biologically inspired concepts.

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MSc BIOMIMICRY, THE BIOMIMICRY CENTER AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

iSites: Biomimetic Nature Journaling

iSites: Biomimetic Nature Journaling is a 7-week one credit course that prepares students to actively collect and capture observations of the natural world that inspire biomimicry thinking. Each week a new 'biomimicry lens' is introduced to prompt unique observations in nature with students experimenting with sketching techniques to document key take aways.  

Students depart the course with over 30 insights from ecosystems in their own region gained from direct experience and interactions with nature.

Teaching since 2011

Key learning objectives include:

Practice the basic skills necessary to nature journal biomimetically;
Reference a repertoire of biological observations that can serve as references for creative problem solving;
(Re)connect with the natural world.

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biomimicry 3.8

Biomimicry Immersion Workshops

Biomimicry Immersion Workshops are typically weeklong trainings with a highly diverse group of professionals and academics coming together to explore the philosophy and practice of design inspired by nature.  Workshop experiences have been held in both urban environments as well as remote locations, such as the jungles of Costa Rica and Sonoran deserts of Arizona.  In these workshops, we prompt encounters with the natural world with a biomimicry lens and work through a multi-day biomimicry design challenge in interdisciplinary team.

Teaching since 2010

Key learning objectives include:

Scope a design challenge in a way that prepares it for biomimicry inputs;
Discover natural models through firsthand experience and research;
Translate biological information into design insights;
Develop biomimetic solution concepts.

Learn more about Biomimicry 3.8 and the biomimicry immersion workshops