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Speakers

Co-founder, Biomimicry India Lab & Studio
Co-founder, Biomimicry India Lab & Studio

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 16 Oct 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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Contact

+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

At the current time, humanity is grappling with problems of pollution, waste, endemic poverty, unemployment  and an impending ecological disaster. It appears that these are unintended consequences and indicators that  the human systems are far from perfect and misaligned to the ecological health of the planet. Evidence from  living nature suggests that the designs and systems in nature are among the most time-tested solutions that we  can learn from and have a lot to offer in terms of ideas that can change our world for the better.

If we  look at nature’s designs and systems, for example an ancient forest, we find there is zero waste, zero pollution  and nothing akin to a crisis of ‘unemployment’ in the billions of plant and animal species. But how do we  translate the systems and processes that work so well in living nature into usable solutions for our problems? This is where biomimicry comes into the picture. Biomimicry is a boundary less, yet truly integrated and unifying approach transcending all silos, whether in academia or practice, rooted in Life (living systems).

In this session, we aim to introduce ‘Biomimicry’ including Biophilia and similar other disciplines/practices that help us look at nature as a source of design ideas and solutions.

This Biomimicry workshop will introduce participants to the amazing patterns, designs and solutions in nature and how to explore and learn from nature at various levels of product, process and systems. The participants will also get to play learning games and take quizzes as they learn about biomimicry.

Speakers

Prashant Dhawan

Co-founder, Biomimicry India Lab & Studio

Prashant Dhawan is the co-founder of “Biomimicry India Network” and “Biomimicry India”, a company which designs and delivers learning experiences, undertakes consultancy and research in the field of biomimicry. He is the first person from India to obtain a MS in Biomimicry degree (2015) from the Arizona State University, and a Biomimicry Professional Certification (Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, USA). He also holds a degree in Architecture from SPA Delhi, and an MBA from ISB Hyderabad.

With over 27 years of work experience (including 8 years of designing and delivering learning experiences in  Biomimicry), he has had the opportunity to also work with IDEO and also in the corporate sector. He is also TEDx  speaker with 2 TEDx talks on Biomimicry.

Prashant prefers to call himself an amateur researcher of issues related to sustainable happiness and  well-being.

Seema Anand

Co-founder, Biomimicry India Lab & Studio

Seema Anand is the first person from Asia to obtain Biomimicry Specialist Certification (Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, USA, 2011). Seema is the co-founder of “Biomimicry India Network” and “Biomimicry India”, a company which designs and delivers learning experiences, undertakes consultancy and research in the field of biomimicry. She is also a practicing Architect and visiting faculty in RV College of Architecture, Bangalore, India. Seema has more  than 25 years of design practice experience including 9 years of teaching experience. She started teaching  biomimicry in 2012 and one of her first teaching assignments was a 3 week course taught at Tongji University (Shanghai), China.

She considers Biomimicry as a ‘lighthouse’ that can successfully guide our approach to sustainable designs.