Themes Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature

Who can fail to marvel at the shape of a leaf, the sleek power of a cheetah, the dance of two bodies connecting? These speakers celebrate and take inspiration from the natural world -- in the design of a new chair or in a vision for living lightly upon the Earth.

Janine Benyus talks about biomimicry, the practice of copying nature's own engineers, while designers Ross Lovegrove and Paul Bennett discuss the practice of solving design problems by reducing them to evolutionary principles. And Alex Steffen from Worldchanging.com shares his bright-green vision for a society in harmony.

For your own shot of inspiration, take a look at the work of photographer Frans Lanting, and his spine-tingling images of natural grace.

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Play_iconMichael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture

13:46 Posted: Feb 2011

Views: 1,174,173 | Comments: 221

Play_iconMarcel Dicke: Why not eat insects?

Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects?

16:34 Posted: Dec 2010

Views: 1,132,381 | Comments: 283

Play_iconShimon Schocken: What a bike ride can teach you

Shimon Schocken: What a bike ride can teach you

15:46 Posted: Nov 2010

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Play_iconShimon Steinberg: Natural pest control ... using bugs!

Shimon Steinberg: Natural pest control ... using bugs!

15:23 Posted: Oct 2010

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Play_iconDavid Byrne, Ethel + Thomas Dolby: "(Nothing But) Flowers" with string quartet

David Byrne, Ethel + Thomas Dolby: "(Nothing But) Flowers" with string quartet

03:15 Posted: Oct 2010

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Play_iconNatalie Jeremijenko: The art of the eco-mindshift

Natalie Jeremijenko: The art of the eco-mindshift

19:50 Posted: Oct 2010

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Play_iconEben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?

Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?

09:05 Posted: Oct 2010

Views: 887,067 | Comments: 247

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Tim Birkhead: The early birdwatchers

28:10 Posted: Sep 2010

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Play_iconJulian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps

Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps

07:14 Posted: Sep 2010

Views: 710,163 | Comments: 221

Play_iconRachel Sussman: The world's oldest living things

Rachel Sussman: The world's oldest living things

14:08 Posted: Sep 2010

Views: 865,842 | Comments: 157

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