1:00 PM13:00

Bio-inspired Design for a Sustainable World - 1


Disrupt your thinking. Flex your creativity. Get a jolt of inspiration. Envision your role in creating a sustainable world.

During this hands-on experience, we’ll cover basics of Sustainable Design and Biomimicry and share tools of Bio-Inspired Design. While playing with nature, you’ll sharpen your skills of observation and learn new tools for ideation.

You’ll leave with a worksheet you can use to practice bringing nature to your design table to create more innovative and sustainable solutions. Brought to you by experts in the emerging field of Sustainable Design, we take you beyond recycling and composting and dig into design’s role in crafting a sustainable future.

This is on SUNDAY from 1 - 3:30pm. 

(we are running the same workshop Tuesday the 9th from 3:30-6pm) Here's the Tuesday link: https://designportland.org/festival/2019/schedule/bio-inspired-design-for-a-sustainable-world-2

Looking forward to meeting you! Stef + Denise 

stef@greencraneinnovation.com + denise_deluca@mcad.edu




Sunday, April 7, 2019




2420 NE Sandy Blvd

Portland, Oregon 97232


Green Crane Innovation + Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MCAD’s fully online MA in Sustainable Design program partners with Green Crane Innovation, a PDX EcoDesign firm.

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Zoo Education Center Tour and Biomimicry Exploration
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Get your (free) tickets on Eventbrite

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Biomimicry Practice: Learn about using the AskNature website!
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Biomimicry Practice: Learn about using the AskNature website!

Have you ever wondered why hissing cockroaches hiss… and how the mechanism they use might influence energy efficient designs?

To explore how a biological function can inspire us, we can now “AskNature”- an amazing online resource hosted by the Biomimicry Institute. The AskNature website may be used to find biological strategies and inspired ideas simply by entering the name of an organism or problem.

This meet-up will be a fun exercise in exploring the AskNature tool, using a selection of animals and identifying useful functions that can then be used for energy efficiency and water management. Join us in learning and brainstorming! The ideas we come up with will help in the design of a biomimicry activity that will be offered during a tour of the Oregon Zoo Education Center as part of Sustainable Building Week.

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Biomimicry Scavenger Hunt in Laurelhurst Park!
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Biomimicry Scavenger Hunt in Laurelhurst Park!

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We'll be providing worksheets and will break up into partners / teams / or ride solo through the park to fill out the worksheet that identifies several functions found in nature. Specifics of the game will be explained onsite, and there will be a prize for the winning team or individual!

*6p - Meet and greet + discuss overview of finding function in nature, how it relates to biomimicry and how to fill in the worksheet
*6:30p - Scavenger hunt!
*7:15p - Reconvene at meeting site to discuss findings, declare winner + wrap-up
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Walk & Talk - followed by potluck-style picnic.

The trail is a 2.5-mile hiking loop on Oak Island, a peninsula located between Sturgeon and Steelman lake, on Sauvie Island.

Find more about how to find it + info on 10$ day-use parking permit etc.: http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Oak_Island_Trailhead

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A chat about who we are, what Biomimicry Oregon does, and what we have in mind for this MeetUp. And we'd love to hear from you too: What peaked your interest about Biomimicry and how can we build a collaborative hub?

Special guest:
Casey Howard is a landscape architect working in Portland who was part of a team that entered the Biomimicry Design Challenge in 2015 and won! Casey will share her story about how Biomimicry inspired the innovation they developed, her experiences with the challenge, and her take on why the team was so successful.

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