The conscious emulation of nature
"“Sustainability must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
Créditos : Biomimicry 3.8. Bajo licencia Creative Commons CC-BY-SA
3 fundamental elements
Biomimicry can only be understood through its elements and it is necessary that all of them are taken into account. To use it as a truly sustainable model we need a design of products under an ethic that respects life and reconnect us with nature. Likewise, in its frequent known way, emulation allows one to imitate organism’s strategies to be successful under their surrounding context.
Several indigenous groups consider nature as part of their cosmology and vital organ for their development. A good example is given by the Khasis community in Meghalaya, India. Given unpredictable weather changes produced by monsoons, such as strong winds and rain during a season of the year, this population has opted from centuries ago to build communication routes that are produced from rubber fig tree’s roots. In harmony with surrounding nature, roots grow through guides set up by its dwellers, building bridges and roads that connect them between villages. These structures have been proven to be resilient, being capable of resisting extreme weather conditions.
Routes are used for bartering, commerce and are fundamental for students to local schools.
In this way, the community has been successful in respecting the environment without creating an exploitative relation with nature.
Fuente: Watson, J (2020). “Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism”