This week, on friday the 5th to be exact, i’ll begin teaching a Bionics class (same as biomimetics) at PUC/Rio’s Design Department. For those who don’t quite know what this is: Bionics is a science that searchs, within the natural systems, an inspiration for problem solving inside engineering, design, medicin, and other fields of expertise. Traditionally, in the design area, general bionics classes – the few existing in the world – search for direct associations between natural structures and their possible similars inside industrial design’s universe, such as the dolphins form, for instance, as an inspiration for designing a boat, or even the famous swimsuits that revolutionized swimming competitions, actually inspired by sharks’s skin.
When i got the invitation – wich, by the way, got me really excited – i asked for permission to show another vision of bionics. To search in nature not only mechanical solutions but – and mainly so – “philosophical” ones! To try and understand a little bit about natural creative intelligence! How nature thinks!!
I understand that, in face of the many challenges we’ll be up against in the near future, regarding “redesigning” our way of life in this planet, this represents an infinite source of inspiration in order to approach problems in a completely sustainable way; after all, nature has been improving projects for over four billion years, with a tremendous proficiency concerning energy saving and matter, reutilizing all its residuals and, above all, considering the innerdependence as base for its solutions sucess!!
With this class, i hope to be able to awake inside each student a curiosity about this discipline that is so poorly explored in design schools all over the world. Make them understand that this could be a precious source of inspiration for “inovating in a sustainable way”, but hopefully and above all, that bionics can open a hole new dimension in regards to the meaning of our careers, just as it did for me twenty three years ago! (My graduation project in PUC’s Industrial Design was about nature’s way of packing things, studing the planet’s atmosphere, the woman’s womb and fruits, all of them representing examples of nature’s smart way of packaging!).