Nature as the model for a new world. An almost conciliatory thought in view of all the “unnatural” diversity that has been mushrooming for years. Artificiality is booming across all sectors. Those who don’t follow suit will lose out. But how can we turn things around? Neuroscientist Dr. Arndt Pechstein has an answer, which he shared with us at our last permanent beta event: Biomimicry. A young, scientific discipline that makes use of solutions from nature for today’s reality. “The aim is not only to develop solutions that are technically innovative, but also to establish new approaches.
In order to bring people closer to his work, Pechstein works closely with commercial enterprises and architectural agencies. “Unlike bionics, the topic of biomimicry is not about directly copying nature, but always about an abstraction of what exists that can be transferred to human problems. For example, within architecture, mobility issues or in the field of product innovation. It provides us with both inspiration and a template for shaping the future of our planet in such a way that it is still worth living on for future generations.”
But why listen to biology now? Well, because this complex-adaptive system has managed to survive for an extremely long time, 3.8 billion years. And that with a manageable amount of materials. A maximum of natural expertise to which we should orient ourselves. And must. Only in this way can we arrive at truly new ways of looking at things that will lead us to intelligent solutions, morally justifiable principles and values in the long term. Combined with agile methods and the meaningful question of how we can best design for and with people, we create new spaces of possibilities from which we all benefit globally. Beautiful prospects.