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The Nature of Design: Richard James MacCowan, Biomimicry UK

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The Knowledge Transfer Network is building a new UK network, showcasing the benefits of new product development design teams inspired by nature. This event showcase how biomimicry and nature inspired solutions are being used in established innovation processes from a section of innovative companies and it’s an opportunity to learn about how to implement and benefit from Nature Inspired Solutions.

What are Nature Inspired Solutions?

In the past Biomimicry or Biomimetics started from simple imitation of natural organisms. Over time, it has evolved through integration and combination with modern science and engineering to help us discover new materials, ways of combining nano/microstructures, applications, and alternative ways of production and process design thinking leading to nature inspired or bio inspired engineering. Rather than imitating the whole plant, animal or biological process, nature-inspired solutions aim to uncover the underlying mechanisms and apply them in the design of new products, processes or systems in a structured way.

This Nature Inspired Solutions Special Interest Group (NIS SIG) aims to convene and grow the nature inspired solution community and accelerate innovation through cross-sector collaborations.


Find out more about the Nature Inspired Solutions Special Interest Group at https://ktn-uk.co.uk/interests/nature-inspired-solutions

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The Nature of Design: Richard James MacCowan, Biomimicry UK

  1. 1. Richard MacCowan Biomimicry UK
  2. 2. Richard James MacCowan Founder + Managing Director Biomimicry Innovation Lab richard@bio-uk.org www.bio-uk.org Richard James MacCowan Founder + Managing Director Biomimicry Innovation Lab richard@bio-uk.org www.bio-uk.org Richard James MacCowan Founder + Managing Director Biomimicry Innovation Lab richard@bio-uk.org www.bio-uk.org Richard James MacCowan Founder + Managing Director
  3. 3. Plane sketch
  4. 4. What does the UK design?
  5. 5. The team
  6. 6. Richard James MacCowan Managing Director Will Lawson Facilitator Lewis Charters Researcher Tim Mak Biotechnology Chris Hassell Biology & Ecology
  7. 7. Advisory Board
  8. 8. Prof Marc Desmuilliez Physics + Engineering Prof Julian Vincent Biology + Engineering Dr Kalina Raskin Chemistry + Biology Dr Rupert Soar Additive Manufacturing + Engineering
  9. 9. What we do
  10. 10. We help innovators develop new solutions
  11. 11. Designing the right thing
  12. 12. DEFINE IDENTIFY DEVELOP
  13. 13. DEFINE IDENTIFY DEVELOP
  14. 14. DEFINE IDENTIFY DEVELOP
  15. 15. Some of our previous clients…
  16. 16. Projects
  17. 17. Housing Cairo
  18. 18. Concept of the building
  19. 19. Housing Competition - Egypt
  20. 20. Housing Competition - Egypt
  21. 21. Public Square Competition - Birmingham Centenary Square, Birmingham
  22. 22. Concept of the building
  23. 23. Adaptive Cities through Nature based Solutions
  24. 24. Biomimetics in the UK
  25. 25. "Our colour and materials designers seek inspiration everywhere… because how can you break new ground if you never dare to look beyond what’s around you?" McLaren Automotive Design Vision
  26. 26. Non-Newtonian fluids
  27. 27. Copyright: Exploration Architecture
  28. 28. Sahara Forest Project
  29. 29. Why should industry care?
  30. 30. It doesn’t!
  31. 31. Lack of uptake in biomimetics within industry
  32. 32. Image credit: Chemistry Innovation Transfer Knowledge Network
  33. 33. Image credit: Stockholm Resilience Center
  34. 34. Problem
  35. 35. We don’t take up biomimicry because we can’t afford the time to research biological strategies for 6-12 months… Lockhead Martin Skunkworks
  36. 36. Solution
  37. 37. Make money Human-centred design Environment Technical Systems
  38. 38. A fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.” World Economic Forum
  39. 39. Biomimicry as mainstream design
  40. 40. Luck or design?
  41. 41. What does success look like?
  42. 42. What does success look like?Network analysis Trade-off analysis Network analysis Trade-off analysis
  43. 43. Algorithm-based Additive manufacturing
  44. 44. Source: http://textminingsolutions.co.uk/biomimicry_043019/tweet.php
  45. 45. Where does industry go?
  46. 46. UK Industrial Strategy
  47. 47. Ideas | People | Infrastructure | Business Environment | Places
  48. 48. AI & the Data Economy
  49. 49. Future of Mobility
  50. 50. Clean Growth
  51. 51. Ageing population
  52. 52. Takeaways
  53. 53. Industry 4.0 Best fit for technologies Systems and processes
  54. 54. Richard James MacCowan Founder + Managing Director Biomimicry Innovation Lab richard@bio-uk.org www.bio-uk.org Richard James MacCowan Founder + Managing Director Biomimicry Innovation Lab richard@bio-uk.org www.bio-uk.org

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