Ep 5: Design Secrets From Nature

Jamie Miller, Founder of Biomimicry Frontiers talks Design Secrets From Nature

There might be a different way of doing things. That’s all that biomimicry really is. It’s just recognizing that what we do may not be sustainable, and there’s a whole textbook of ideas that have been evolving for billions of years.

If there was a wise, practical, and sustainable entity out there that could provide smart and inspiring solutions to our complex lives in the build world, what or who would it be?

Nature has essentially been practicing design throughout billions of years, with millions of “design projects” under its belt. We as a human species have only begun to recognize nature’s brilliance in recent years. In this podcast, Jamie shares what he knows about nature-inspired innovation, biomimicry, and how it could help us create resilient and more sustainable environments in a city.

Jamie Miller is an award-winning designer and founder of Biomimicry Frontiers. He has been trained by Janine Benyus (the author of “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature”) and has been building biomimicry in Ontario through his consulting, lectures, and workshops since 2007. Jamie taught Canada’s only biomimicry program at OCAD University, during which he earned a PhD degree in engineering that focused on applying systems-level biomimicry to urban infrastructure resilience. His mission is to draw on biomimicry, biophilia, and ecological engineering to “make it better, naturally.”

For a transcribed version of this interview, click here.

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Big corporate, government, macro action is nothing without personal, local, human demand. However, by the time large organizations start taking action, it might already be too late.

Why wait for larger, slower players to start making their moves in 2030 when you can make your contribution within your next 24 hours?

The advantage we have as singular units of people is that we’re faster and more forgivable. If we make a mistake, it’s way easier for us to right our wrongs as opposed to relying on several tiers of organized hierarchy to make amends.

With that said, we have exciting news: Double Cow and Toronto Zero Waste blog, Find Your Alternative, is pairing up to clean our parks. Starting July 25th with Trinity Bellwoods.

Starting at 6:30PM, we’re going hands-in to collect litter. Join us to make your contribution to the community. See you there!

Part 2: passive house design

Continuing from Part 1: Foundations of a Healthy Building, Joel Anderson talks about Passive House Design—a building standard that originated from Saskatchewan, and is now being debated as one of many environmental solutions for energy-efficient housing. Also, the pros and cons of Net Zero buildings.  

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If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Part 1 from yesterday, head over to The Farm where all the upcoming interviews on sustainability will be.

See you tomorrow for Part 3: Our Current Sustainable Landscape!