Deep Roots Workshop

Biomimicry Chicago was thrilled to kick off our Deep Roots Initiative with this workshop! An engaged and diverse group of Chicago Region stakeholders explored what it means to apply biomimicry to the built environment and its potential for transforming our approach design. For a summary of the workshop, click here.


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Biomimicry Chicago is hosting Chicago’s first ever Deep Roots Workshop on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Lurie Garden. Explore how biomimicry can help us design and build lost ecosystem functions back into our built environment.

Date     April 21, 2017
Time    8:30am - 4:30pm
Place   Lurie Garden, Millenium
                Park, Chicago, IL

Registration Deadline
April 15, 2017

Registration Fees*
$95    Early Bird (deadline April 7)
$125  Regular Pricing

This program qualifies for 6 learning units. We will provide a certificate of completion for self-reporting upon request.

* Eventbrite processing fees will be added at the time of registration

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Workshop Description

Urban flooding, water pollution, topsoil erosion, urban heat islands... Did you ever wonder WHY we face these challenges? While their individual causes are complex, they result from one systemic failure: the systematic removal of ecosystem services from our built environment. To address this disconnect, Biomimicry Chicago and our Deep Roots Initiative partners are seeking to catalyze a new comprehensive science-based vision for our region, one where we learn from nature to integrate ecosystem functions back into our built environment.

Through exploration of native ecosystem functions in a multi-disciplinary workshop setting, participants will uncover how learning from nature can provide insight as to where current practices are falling short, and where opportunity exists to develop innovative more robust, resilient solutions for the future.

Participants will have a chance to put these ideas into action through site observations, interactive lectures, and brainstorming activities using local case studies to re-imagine the restorative and regenerative potential of our built environment.

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Workshop Agenda

What better way to learn from nature than to tour the gorgeous Lurie Garden at Chicago’s Millennium Park with ecologist and Executive Director of the Millennium Park Foundation, Scott Stewart? Additionally, we will learn the intricacies of ecosystem function and services from landscape architect and environmental designer, Jim Patchett of Conservation Design Forum. Biomimicry Chicago Co-Leaders Amy Coffman Phillips and Rachel Hahs will facilitate the workshop and help you to apply nature’s lessons to the context of the built environment using a biomimicry lens.

Workshop Objectives

Join Biomimicry Chicago's growing network of professionals interested in collectively defining sustainability for the Chicagoland region at our one-day Deep Roots Workshop. At our workshop you will:

Who Should Attend

The biomimicry innovation process thrives when diverse teams come together to solve a problem. Toward that end, we are bringing together a diverse group of architects, biologists, designers, engineers (civil, industrial...all kinds!), developers, municipal workers, landscape architects, contractors, students and educators, planners, and economists to explore how our built environment can learn from nature to foster a healthy life for all of its inhabitants.

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Sponsors & Sponsorship Opportunities

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors!


Thank you to our Social Hour sponsor!

Sponsorship opportunities!

Biomimicry Chicago is always looking to partner with local organizations that share a vision for a restorative future and an interest in biomimicry! We are currently seeking sponsors for our Deep Roots Workshop to help promote the event, provide a case study for workshop discussion and brainstorming, sponsor the lunch or happy hour and develop opportunities for continuing collaboration.

If interested, please send an email to or call Amy at (312) 523-5955 with the following information and any questions:

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