Think like a tree

Biomimicry — imitating nature’s best ideas in our design of materials, structures, and systems — can provide huge leaps in our understanding when it comes to solving challenges. Example: How do we keep our buildings from being completely damaged during hurricanes like Hurricane Katrina? We might try to think like a tree… specifically live oak trees:

With sturdy, spiral trunks and deep roots that intertwine with neighboring trees, a live oak is a force to be reckoned with. Find out how architects and engineers are starting to think like a tree when designing safe and resilient structures.

This is Wired’s Think Like a Tree, a series that celebrates innovation and sustainability through nature-inspired design, narrated by biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus. Excellent all around.


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