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One of the highlights of the sustainable urban block charrette was Chris Allen’s presentation of the latest work from the Biomimcry Institute.
First there’s the forthcoming book: Nature’s 100 Best Innovations

…the shortlist of one hundred technologies that are all inspired by proven design systems from Nature. This summary is only a small component of this long-term research project that aims to identify key technologies that will help society and industry to leapfrog towards sustainability.

And then there’s the database, Ask Nature — “the world’s first interactive database of Nature’s solutions to sustainability challenges, where relevant biological information is searchable by design and engineering function” — coming in November.

Millions of species.
Innumerable technological ideas.
One database.

I can barely wait! Woo-Hoo!