Consumer products often are manufactured in quantities numbering in the millions. From their factory production to their disposal, products can have enormous downsides for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soils we cultivate. As a result, InnovationSpace is committed to exploring new methodologies for sustainable product innovation.
One of the most promising is the emerging discipline of biomimicry. Biomimicry explores the forms, processes and systems of nature for clues to solving human challenges. This new area of study can help people create innovative solutions that will minimize the environmental impact of new products.
Life's Principles are used to generate solutions to design, business and engineering problems and to evaluate their sustainability.
With grants from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and ASU's Pathways to Entrepreneurship program, InnovationSpace launched a major biomimicry initiative in fall 2008.
In 2014 InnovationSpace began a partnership with the newly formed Biomimicry Center at ASU. In the InnovationSpace classroom laboratory, students and faculty work to develop a deployable methodology for exploring bio-inspired innovation in design, business, engineering and sustainability practice.
For more information about biomimicry in InnovationSpace, check out the articles and video programs listed below.
Water by Design, created in collaboration with the Phoenix-based Television Workshop
Design from Life, produced by teaching assistant Dan Wandrey in collaboration with InnovationSpace faculty and staff