Nature does it best. Forms and patterns in nature provide an original example of design that works—giving templates to power future human innovations and technologies. Designers, engineers, makers, and innovators can learn from billions of years of productive and efficient evolutionary experience.
Nature can teach us about sustainable technology and innovation. Amina Khan explains how natural patterns point the way to working smarter and not harder, and how the eye of a fly or mound of a termite can lead to technological advances in the very near future.
Join Amina Khan as she discusses her new book, Adapt: How Humans Are Tapping into Nature's Secrets to Design and Build a Better Future.
Amina Khan is a science writer at the Los Angeles Times. She's covered the Curiosity's landing on Mars and explored abandoned gold mines in pursuit of a dark matter detector. She's appeared on national television representing The Times on issues of health and science. She's an alum of the Kavli nanotechnology workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the HiPACC computational astrophysics bootcamp at UC Santa Cruz.
Arianne Gelardin is co-curator at StoreFrontLab, an experimental exhibition space located in San Francisco's Mission District. She also consults on the design and fabrication of public artworks for the San Francisco Arts Commission.