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Transformation with BCI:Biomimicry for Creativity & Innovation

Biomimicry is an innovative and proven approach to design, manufacturing and science that uses inspiration and emulation from nature to solve human problems. The ideas used in biomimicry are based on 3.9 billion years of continuous development, with constant testing in rapidly changing environments.

In contrast to the human-designed systems of manufacture and processing which have pushed our own species and millions of others to the brink, nature works differently.

From colour without pigment, self-assembly structures, air-cooled houses, trigger-release adhesives, and smoke sensors a thousand times more effective those developed by the smartest companies, nature has much to teach.

With challenges ahead of a scale unimagined a few years ago, nature is the most potent teachers on the planet and an index for innovation. Practitioners in architecture, construction, process control, engineering, communications, relationship management and all aspects of design will find biomimicry to be a treasure trove of ideas, inspiration and practice.

BCI was established in 2008 by Andy Middleton, Michael Pawlyn  from Exploration Architecture who were joined in 2009 by Giles Hutchins (Atos Origin), Denise DeLuca and Belina Raffy to provide consultancy, design and change leadership to private and public sector organisations, academic institutions and communities, based on the principles of biomimicry, closed loop design and eco-effectiveness. The solutions and services we offer create dramatic opportunities to increase performance, reduce material cost, eliminate waste and increase effectiveness and profitability.

Recent engagements have included events to coach leaders at leading architect practices, keynote speeches at the Hay Literary Festival, teaching at Schumacher College, RIBA lectures, and climate engagement events across the country.

Current projects from the Biomimicry Consulting UK team are inspiring:

  • The Sahara Forest Project aims to grow desert trees with a water capture system inspired by a desert beetle
  • One of the world’s most ambitious climate and sustainability programmes, using biomimicry as a core design and deployment principle.