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USING BIOLOGY AS A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABILITY: INSIGHTS FOR ECODESIGN AND BIOINSPIRED DESIGN PRACTITIONERS

USING BIOLOGY AS A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABILITY: INSIGHTS FOR ECODESIGN AND BIOINSPIRED DESIGN PRACTITIONERS

Year: 2015

Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Design Processes

Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Srinivasan Venkataraman

Author: O'Rourke, Julia; Seepersad, Carolyn Conner

Series: ICED

Institution: University of Texas at Austin, United States of America

Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Design Processes

Pages: 187-196

ISBN: 978-1-904670-65-0

ISSN: 2220-4334

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Bio-Inspired Design, Biomimetics, Ecodesign, Sustainability

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