Biomimicry design tooling

DS 87-4 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 4: Design Methods and Tools, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Stevens, Laura; de Vries, Marc; van den Broek, Jos; Rijken, Dick
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands; 2: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands; 3: Leiden University, The Netherlands
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 051-058
ISBN: 978-1-904670-92-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


The demand for a focus on nature-oriented design education and the improvement of 21st century teaching skills has grown exponentially in recent years. Biomimicry addresses these needs but the lack of scientific research on didactic methodologies leaves teachers and students utilizing examples with little knowledge on how to start efficiently within the design process. This research structurally assesses how biomimicry is currently taught and learned, which difficulties arise and which applications are most useful, so that effective educational strategies are developed, evaluated and implemented. This ultimately increases the number of successful sustainable, circular designs produced by multi-disciplinary student teams.

Keywords: Bio-inspired design / biomimetics, Ecodesign, Design education, Design learning, Biomimicry


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