Ecofriendly Innovations Inspired by Nature
North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781556437908, 159pp.
Publication Date: July 14, 2009
All the designs treat nature as an inspiration for ecofriendly innovations. Among the fascinating possibilities: a bike helmet based on the crustacean exoskeleton, a heliotropic house, and a car fueled by algae. Marshall argues that design should be the responsibility of all, not just a technological elite, and it is in this spirit that he offers this timely, important book.
“Designer and scientist Marshall has collected compelling examples of eco-inspired designs, including a helmet shaped like a crustacean and an algae-fueled car. He also details results from the Ecomimicry Project, an environmental design project that bore ideas for sustainable landscapes, technologies, and artwork.”
–Business Week “20 Great Summer Reads”
"[Alan Marshall's] Ecomimicry Project is a highly imaginative experiment in design demonstrating how the natural world may serve as inspiration for design ideas."
–Alan Saunders, ABC Radio National, Australia
“It’s hard not to enjoy the attacks on nuclear power, gold, nanobots and politics…[Wild Design carries] some serious, and sometimes quite stimulating and insightful ideas.”