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Past BSpecs

Meet several of our Certified Biomimicry Specialists

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Arndt Pechstein
Biomimicry Specialist 2012

In 2050 more than two thirds will live in cities. How can we re-think mobility in future cities? Arndt Pechstein and Team Berlin team presented at the Audi Urban Futures Award 2014 with a biomimicry approach having three major aspects: typology of future vehicles, infrastructure where those vehicles will move, and behavior in which those vehicles move. Arndt is also active in The Biomimicry Institute’s Global Biomimicry Network.

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Katherine Collins
Biomimicry Specialist 2013

Katherine Collins, author of The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry, uses the natural world as a guide for an integrated, regenerative approach to investing that benefits communities and the planet. She is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, a research firm dedicated to the pursuit of optimal investment decision-making.

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Carlos Rego
Biomimicry Specialist 2012

Unicer, a Portuguese soft drinks company, challenged packaging manufacturer Logoplaste Innovation Lab to invent a lightweight yet strong and distinctive plastic bottle for its water brand Vitalis. For inspiration, designer Carlos Rego turned to the spiral growth patterns of the Whitebark pine, which enables it to endure tremendous stress. The bottle, made of PET, has twisted ribbing that provides a recognizable silhouette and withstands more pressure with less weight, saving 250 tons of raw materials each year.

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Thom Knittel
Biomimicry Specialist 2011

As part of an HOK–US Green Building Council collaboration to create a children’s center and orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thom Knittel found design inspiration in a local keystone species, the Kapok tree. The building reflects characteristics of the tree, from its protective outer layer that filters direct sunlight while letting through daylight and airflow to the structure’s branching support system and water cleaning and storage facilities in the basement.

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John Paulick
Biomimicry Specialist 2011

WineHive® was designed by industrial designer and certified Biomimicry Specialist John Paulick. Through his fascination with the efficiency of honeycomb structures, John created a lightweight modular system for storing wine bottles to efficiently and beautifully store wine bottles. John emulated the key design principle behind the honeycomb beehive, the 120-degree joint system, to create an interlocking system that uses minimal material and the utmost precision. His design for a single structural element repeats itself to form an infinite array of honeycomb structures.

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