Biomimicry in the Field: Learning from Nature’s Genius
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Biomimicry in the Field: Learning from Nature’s Genius

Ever wonder what makes a peacock’s feathers so vibrant? Or how ants can communicate along complex scent trails to find and distribute food? How do honeybees use swarm logic to regulate the internal hive temperature? And why do trees and other plants grow in a similar and repeating patterns?

These questions encompass the underlying inquiry and ethos of biomimicry, looking to nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies to help solve our human challenges. Nature has 3.8 billion years of problem-solving experience, many of these problems are the same challenges humans are facing today. There’s a “living library” outside made up of animals, plants, microbes and fungi (to name a few) that hold the secrets to success for all life on this planet. Join us for an interactive workshop where you will learn not about, but from nature with a new lens of discovery.

In the first part of the workshop, we’ll meet at Genspace to:

  • examine the fundamentals of biomimicry by looking at nature’s form, function and ecosystems and then practice emulating these deep principles and patterns to create well-adapted human solutions that better "fit in" on our planet.

  • learn the fundamentals of what makes biomimicry unique from other disciplines, including Life’s Principles a set of guidelines that all life must abide by to survive.

Then we’ll head to the Green-Wood Cemetery for a BYO picnic lunch and an immersive experience to hone your observation skills. There you will learn about context pressures and enjoy getting to know the interconnectivity of ecosystems on a deeper level, while practicing biomimicry in the field, so bring a human design challenge of interest!

Don’t worry, no prior knowledge of biomimicry, science, design or nature is required. All age levels welcome. And we encourage you to come with questions and curiosity! Biomimicry is not all about solving a challenge, but equally values the enjoyment of learning more about nature’s genius and admiring her beauty in a new and inspiring way.

Register to Attend Here

Schedule: 10am-12pm Introduction to Biomimicry at Genspace; 12pm-1pm Picnic Lunch at Green-Wood; 1pm-3pm Biomimicry Practice at Green-Wood

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BioBlitz in Green-Wood Cemetery
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

BioBlitz in Green-Wood Cemetery

Calling all citizen scientists... join us for a stroll through one of Brooklyn's best-kept secrets, Green-Wood Cemetery! A bioblitz is a communal effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. We will spend an hour documenting the wildlife found in the cemetery using the iNaturalist app.

This event is part of the City Nature Challenge. Learn more about the Challenge and check out our other related events here.

RSVP for the BioBlitz here

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Salon at Forest
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Salon at Forest

The next Salon at Forest, the 26th of the series, welcomes Huy Bui, Megan Offner, and Danielle Trofe to discuss sustainability design.

Tuesday, April 16th | 6:30pm-9pm,

1027 Grand Street, C103, Brooklyn, NY

RSVP here.

Every month, we invite presenters to our studio to share their own creative journeys: why they do what they do, what motivates them, the struggles they face and how they overcome them. This series, which began in early 2017 has had over 50 presenters from wide-ranging disciplines including ceramics, glass, painting, sculpture, poetry, neuroscience, taxidermy, live action role playing, textiles, dance, film, and set design. Come join us for a conversation.

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Innovation in Sustainability @ The Fashion Institute of Technology
Apr
3
to Apr 4

Innovation in Sustainability @ The Fashion Institute of Technology

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  • Google Calendar ICS

The Sustainability Council at FIT hosts a Sustainable Business and Design Conference each spring. The event provides a platform for collaboration and discussion throughout the creative industries, highlighting advances in sustainable design and thought leadership. Environmental and social challenges and potential solutions are explored through innovative student projects, cross-institutional research, and industry partnerships. In recent years, breakout sessions have included topics such as farm-to-fashion, textile development, sustainable fashion supply chain, mindfulness in design, and packaging materials and recycling. The wide-ranging program features keynote speakers, panels, and projects that delve into pressing issues and exciting developments in the industry.

This year’s Sustainable Business and Design Conference theme is Innovating for the Future. It offers branding and speaking opportunities, as well as brand logo placement on conference marketing collateral.

Join speaker Danielle Trofe as she presents on Biomaterials, Biomimicry, and Reversing Global Warming Through Education and Empowerment on Wednesday, April 3rd 2019 @ 11am. To view the full schedule and programing, visit FIT’s Sustainability Council home page.

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Biomimicry in the Field: Learning from Nature’s Genius
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Biomimicry in the Field: Learning from Nature’s Genius

Two-part course: Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Ever wonder what makes a peacock’s feathers so vibrant? Or how ants can communicate along complex scent trails to find and distribute food? How do honeybees use swarm logic to regulate the internal hive temperature? And why do trees and other plants grow in a similar and repeating patterns?

These questions encompass the underlying inquiry and ethos of biomimicry, looking to nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies to help solve our human challenges. Nature has 3.8 billion years of problem-solving experience, many of these problems are the same challenges humans are facing today. There’s a “living library” outside made up of animals, plants, microbes and fungi (to name a few) that hold the secrets to success for all life on this planet. Join us for a 2-day interactive workshop where you will learn not about, but from nature with a new lens of discovery.

On Day 1 we will:

  • examine the fundamentals of biomimicry by looking at nature’s form, function and ecosystems and then practice emulating these deep principles and patterns to create well-adapted human solutions that better "fit in" on our planet.

  • learn the fundamentals of what makes biomimicry unique from other disciplines, including Life’s Principles a set of guidelines that all life must abide by to survive.

On Day 2 we will:

  • meet at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for an immersive experience to hone your observation skills

  • learn about context pressures and enjoy getting to know a plant’s anatomy on a deeper level.

  • practice biomimicry in the field, so bring a human design challenge of interest!

Don’t worry, no prior knowledge of biomimicry, science, design or nature is required. All age levels welcome. And we encourage you to come with questions and curiosity! Biomimicry is not all about solving a challenge, but equally values the enjoyment of learning more about nature’s genius and admiring her beauty in a new and inspiring way.

REGISTER HERE

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Inspiring Women in Science @ The Queens Library: Grow Your Own Planter Using Mycelium
Mar
16
to Mar 30

Inspiring Women in Science @ The Queens Library: Grow Your Own Planter Using Mycelium

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  • Google Calendar ICS

This Women’s History Month, Queens Library is excited to explore the impact of women scientists on fields as far ranging as astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and so many more.

Join us at our local libraries to meet inspiring women working in science throughout New York City. You can hear them discuss their career paths and participate in hands-on workshops.

To learn more, visit our Inspiring Women in Science webpage.

We hope you’ll be amazed, surprised, and definitely inspired by this month’s programming as we celebrate women!

GROW Your Own Planter Using Mycelium

Biodesigner/biomimicry specialist Danielle Trofe teaches parents and their children (ages 8+) how to grow their own planter using mushroom roots.  Space is limited. Materials will be provided. Preregistration is required; please call the library. 

Saturday, March 16 @ 3pm 
Ridgewood 
20-12 Madison Street 

Tuesday, March 19 @ 4pm 
Broadway 
40-20 Broadway, Long Island City 

Thursday, March 21 @ 3:30pm 
Forest Hills 
108-19 71 Avenue

Tuesday, March 26 @ 4pm 
Elmhurst 
86-07 Broadway

Saturday, March 30 @ 3pm 
Fresh Meadows 
193-20 Horace Harding Expressway

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