CSDS launched its first professional workshop on Saturday, April 4th as a part of Pratt’s 2009 “Green Week”. The event was attended by over 50 faculty from the School of Art and Design, the School of Architecture and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Rebecca Welz (ID and Foundation), Jenny Lee (Fine Arts), Doug Wirls (Foundation) and Nick Beck (Biomimicry Guild) pulled together the day long experience to expose faculty to the concept of Biomimicry.
Biomimicry is a discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Developed by Jeanine Benyus, Biomimicry is a formal process that looks to nature for inspiration for innovative ideas to solve problems, create new products and envision new forms.
The workshop started with a presentation by Nick Beck from the Biomimicry Guild, then presentations by students who showed bio-inspired work done with Pratt professor Rebecca Welz and a discussion about integrating the concepts into professional work and the classroom.
At the end of the morning session faculty worked through a case study. After lunch, four groups of faculty teamed up to solve an imaginary emergency scenario using the Biomimicry methodology.
The workshop was a collaborative effort between the CSDS, Foundation, Fine Arts and Industrial Design with additional support from the Academic Senate.