This introductory lecture presents the basics of biomimicry and the biomimicry thinking design process. Examples from the practice of nature-inspired design demonstrate the tremendous potential of this young science, which is based on an ancient technique, namely that of observing and imitating nature. The stars of this small lecture-performance, however, are living beings that can rightly be called champions of innovation and life: the 26 evolutionary principles of nature (life principles) are presented using 26 examples from the ecosystem of a tree. These principles are nothing other than an "alphabet of life".
Elisabeth Kopf, design activist, artist, researcher, inventor, curator, educator. Autodidactic studies and projects succeeded in the opening of her studio Design Buero Baustelle in 1999. National and international clients as well as self-initiated projects keep her busy and interconnected with a highly transdisciplinary, global network. Her work stands for cross-border-thinking, for conceptual and progressive design. She is the founder of Babylon Design School, a playground for passion, fantasy and creativity, and she has co-initiated the research, education and exhibition project Alphabet of Life – Nature`s Learning Lab. Since 2004 she has been teaching at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Member of AGI – Alliance Graphique Internationale (2012-2016 board member) and of Design Austria (2006-2008 board member).