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Unit 14
7 • Saving the planet, designing possible futures

Biomimicry: a sustainable solution?
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To what extent can biomimicry help save our planet?

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Melbourne-based architectural firm studio505
Melbourne-based architectural firm studio505 is credited with some of the most innovative and imaginative architectural projects launched in recent years, like this building based on Lotus flowers geometries (Wujin Culture Center, China).


  • breathtaking (adj.)
  • impressive (adj.)
  • inspiring (adj.)
  • flower petals (n.)
  • mimicry (imitation) (n.)
  • mimic (imitate) (v.)
  • adapt (v.)

Get ready!

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a. Look at the vocabulary boxes below. Find a title for each category.



Play dictionary. Pick out words in the toolbox and guess their definition. Share your findings and look up the definition in the dictionary.

a. Look at the picture above. Why is it an illustration of biomimicry?

b. Is biomimicry associated with the word sustainable? Why?

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What is Biomimicry?

Listen to Janine Benyus, President of the Biomimicry Institute, USA. What definition does she give to biomimicry?

Workbook p. 97

Read the brainstorming questions and discuss with your group.

Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo, and the note, guess its meaning. Rephrase it.

Let's learn!

Alphabet game

Look at the vocabulary and memorise as many words as you can. Then, find a word for each letter of the alphabet.


IDIOM of the week!

Every cloud has a silver lining

John Milton coined (= first used and thus invented) the phrase ‘silver lining’ in Comus: A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle, in 1634. It wasn’t until the days of Queen Victoria’s England that we began to hear the proverbial form that we are now familiar with: “Every cloud has a silver lining”. This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward.

Brainstorming question

What do you think of biomimicry?

Brainstorming question

Do you believe our future can lie in the hand of nature? Why or why not?

Nature-inspired innovations

Nature-inspired innovations

  • advance (n.)
  • biologist (n.)
  • device /dɪˈvaɪs/ (n.)
  • discovery (n.)
  • innovation (n.)
  • invention (n)
  • process (n.)
  • research / study (n.)
  • discover (v.)
  • provide (v.)

  • biodiversity (n.)
  • ecosystem /ˈiːkəʊˌsɪstəm/ (n.)
  • habitat (n.)
  • natural selection (n.)
  • organism (n.)
  • renewable energies (n.)
  • species /ˈspiːʃɪz/ (n.)

  • architecture (n.)
  • climate change /ˈklaɪmət/ (n.)
  • energy (n.)
  • global warming (n.)
  • housing (n.)
  • medicine /ˈmɛdsən/ (n.)
  • pollution (n.)
  • transport (n.)

  • exhibition / conference / march (n.)
  • sustainable / valuable (adj.)
  • go green (v.)
  • protest / question / preserve (v.)
  • raise awareness / tackle an issue /ˈɪʃuː/ (v.)
  • inform / challenge (v.)
  • reduce / cut (v.)
  • solve / figure out / find / understand (v.)

  • excited / exciting (adj.)
  • interested / interesting /ˈɪntrəstɪŋ/ (adj.)
  • optimistic (adj.)
  • pessimistic (adj.)
  • surprised / surprising (adj.)
  • worried / worrying (adj.)

On your way to the task - Step 1

Participate in a conference on biomimicry.
Activity 1

Step 2

Write an interview-based article.
Activity 2
Activity 3

Step 3

Organise an exhibition in your school.
Activity 4
Activity 5

Your final project

Breaking news: prepare a report about an amazing breakthrough inspired by nature for a well-known TV channel.
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