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_iconMarcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle

Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle

18:19 Posted: Oct 2009

Views: 682,284 | Comments: 65

Play_iconRachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

07:32 Posted: Oct 2009

Views: 767,267 | Comments: 144

Play_iconEric Sanderson: New York -- before the City

Eric Sanderson: New York -- before the City

16:09 Posted: Oct 2009

Views: 713,108 | Comments: 42

Play_iconLewis Pugh: How I swam the North Pole

Lewis Pugh: How I swam the North Pole

18:53 Posted: Sep 2009

Views: 554,823 | Comments: 102

Play_iconCary Fowler: One seed at a time, protecting the future of food

Cary Fowler: One seed at a time, protecting the future of food

17:08 Posted: Aug 2009

Views: 414,249 | Comments: 92

Play_iconJanine Benyus: Biomimicry in action

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action

17:42 Posted: Aug 2009

Views: 827,737 | Comments: 132

Play_iconNina Jablonski: Skin color is an illusion

Nina Jablonski: Skin color is an illusion

14:48 Posted: Jul 2009

Views: 632,580 | Comments: 257

Play_iconJane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2

Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2

15:53 Posted: Jun 2009

Views: 553,683 | Comments: 99

Play_iconRobert Full: Learning from the gecko's tail

Robert Full: Learning from the gecko's tail

11:54 Posted: Jun 2009

Views: 561,291 | Comments: 68

Play_iconYann Arthus-Bertrand: A wide-angle view of fragile Earth

Yann Arthus-Bertrand: A wide-angle view of fragile Earth

14:54 Posted: Jun 2009

Views: 505,715 | Comments: 134

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