USING BIOLOGY AS A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABILITY: INSIGHTS FOR ECODESIGN AND BIOINSPIRED DESIGN PRACTITIONERS
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Srinivasan Venkataraman
Author: O'Rourke, Julia; Seepersad, Carolyn Conner
Institution: University of Texas at Austin, United States of America
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Design Processes
Numerous authors in the bioinspired design and ecodesign research communities conceive of biology as a model for sustainability and use biological systems, organisms, and features as analogies when designing environmentally friendly products and systems. The purpose of this paper is to dig deeper into the issue of sustainability in biology, to better understand the ways biology is and is not sustainable and discuss the implications of these findings for ecodesign and bioinspired design researchers and practitioners.