Biomimicry is often presented as a solution to the ecological crisis that human societies are going through. For its advocates, this approach could establish, or restore, a less destructive relationship with the environment, by adopting approaches and manufacturing processes that imitate nature. But as we sketch out the guiding ideas for new models of individual and collective action, we need to reflect on the conceptions of nature, life and technology associated with these practices, and not only in Western societies. Rather than considering the imitation of nature and life as a universal mechanism, it is crucial to reflect on the anthropological foundations of biomimicry or - to emphasize the diversity of practices - "biomimicry". The texts collected in this issue explore the inventiveness of societies, past and present, as they seek in their environment a source of inspiration to make objects and organize their collective existence according to various purposes.

With contributions from : Florence Brunois-Pasina, Julien Dupeyroux, Jean-Baptiste Eczet, Mathilde Gallay-Keller, Lia Giraud, Roberte Hamayon, Nathalie Henrich Bernardoni, Cyrille Jeancolas, Elizabeth Johnson, Lauren Kamili, Sacha Loeve, Marie Lusson, Philippe Marmottant, Térence Meunier, Yoann Moreau, Perig Pitrou, Fabien Provost, Julien Serres, Stéphane Viollet.
Techniques & culture N° 73, 2020/1
Dir. Lauren Kamili, Perig Pitrou, Fabien Provost

Techniques & culture N° 73, 2020/1

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