Cities, Built Environment

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry can build more resilient cities

In this Studio C interview, GreenBiz's Joel Makower talked with Biomimicry 3.8 founder Janine Benyus about how using biomimicry methods can make cities more livable and resilient.

Biomimicry is a methodology used in design and engineering that draws inspiration and clues the forms and functions of things found in nature.

"If you were to actually make a city that functioned like the native ecosystem next door, it would produce ecosystem services," Benyus said. Ecosystem services may include the purification of water and air, sequestering of carbon, and cooling of local temperatures. Those services, Benyus said, will also make a city more resilient to climate change.

"As your city gets closer and closer to cleaning that much water or cleaning that much air, it becomes a better place to live," Benyus said. "Who wouldn't want to live there?"