Beautiful Thinking: Melissa Sterry’s Story

What if hurricanes, wildfires and volcanic eruptions weren’t classed as disasters, rather crucial stages of disruption and renewal in the cycle of nature?

The complex systems of nature show wide-ranging capability of adapting to threats and adversity, including events commonly perceived as ‘disasters’. This resilience is as inspirational as it is practical, and something humankind should actively embrace.

By understanding the interplay and relationships between biological, metrological and geological worlds, we can mirror the efficiencies of nature and harness its ability to withstand the tests of time.

Biomimetics is a concept that allows us to do just that, helping to answer the question: “How would nature design a city?”

By imitating nature and reworking it for use in design, we can create built environments that are more resilient and self-sufficient, while making a conscious effort towards sustainable manufacturing.

One such example of biomimetics in practice is TacTiles®, a glue-free carpet installation system from Interface. TacTiles® was inspired by the intermolecular force that allows animals like geckos to stick to surfaces, to create a system of connectors to adhere carpet tiles together rather than to the floor. The result is a clean, efficient and durable technology that supports a more sustainable supply chain.

Conventional technology alone cannot solve all of society’s challenges. When incorporated alongside our own tried and tested ways of working, biomimetics can help us unlock ever more restorative and replenishing approaches to production. That’s beautiful thinking.

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