When it comes to being the ultimate engineers, humans must be at the top, right? Well, not really, that award probably goes some incredible insect engineers!

Yes, compared the marvels of engineering ants and termites have been capable of for millions of years, we are far behind the times when it comes to mastery of engineering.

Over years of evolutionary iteration, these insect engineers have mastered air conditioning, airflow, and “vertical farming” without blueprints, electricity, or even a leader of any kind.

Imagine what would be possible if we could pick up some tips from them! The potential for innovation seems endless.

For a closer look at the marvels of natural engineering, here’s one of our favorite YouTube Channels, It’s Okay To Be Smart.

I watch this and think, what could we learn if we saw nature as an inspiration for our design more often? Compared to evolution, humans have barely begun to scratch the surface when it comes to design. Particularly when it comes to living in a more compatible way with the environment, we have a lot to learn from nature.

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Therefore, if fields like architecture and evolutionary biology or engineering and zoology were to overlap, what possibilities would we uncover?

As a nature nerd who studied architecture and design, I was surprised at how little these disciplines looked toward the wonders of nature for inspiration. For example, imagine our future if we didn’t need electricity for air conditioning, if we could grow our own efficient urban farms, or if we could conserve water using biomimicry!

These connections are ready to be made if we break down the silos of thought that often exist between disciplines. Innovation comes at intersections, but we have to be willing to stand in the middle of them to see what’s possible!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!


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  1. “How Ingenious Animals Have Engineered Air Conditioning.” YouTube. It’s Okay To Be Smart, 13 June 2017. Web. 17 July 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W3_H01nCsM>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV