As a fan of the fantasy genre, I have always been attracted to the concept of tree architecture. Almost every fantasy world has some magical city hidden in the forest, where the branches intertwine into canopy walkways and the trunks serve as dwellings. Belgian architect Luc Schuiten has taken this idea and applied it to … Continue reading An Irrational Request
The most common criticism of the fantasy genre is that it can lead to unhealthy escapism. Why settle for the boring, drab world in which you live, when you could immerse yourself in a world full of flying beasts, floating cities, and big baddies that need to be taken down? For me, fantasy stories are … Continue reading Our Magical World
Arthur C. Clarke’s third law states, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Rachel Armstrong, the Living Architect, expanded on this idea, saying, “Any sufficiently advanced civilization is indistinguishable from nature.” These ideas remind us that technology (and civilization) is advancing at rapid rates, and before we know it, it will become unrecognizable when … Continue reading Loading Program…Earth.System
A while ago, I wrote a blog post on Engineered Ecologies - a particular interest of mine. I have struggled to put into words why I find the concept so interesting, but I think I’ve come to some sort of explanation. Engineered Ecologies allow natural processes to continue to function while utilizing them for some … Continue reading A Little Help From Nature
Royal Philips Electronics is a healthcare, lifestyle and lighting company located in the Netherlands. While working in the above industries, Philips also delves into sustainable design concepts, such as the Microbial Home Probe, the winning concept at the Red Dot Design Award 2011. The Microbial Home Probe features a collection of home appliances that … Continue reading Shifting from Sustainable to Symbiotic
So I had planned on writing a post about my thoughts on the incredibly vast and deep/philsophical topic about the relationship between humans and nature. But my writing quickly became convoluted. The problem with writing about such broad topics is that you don’t have an idea of where to start or where to end, you … Continue reading Biofuels and other Symbiotic Processes
I recently started following Rachel Armstrong on Twitter. She's an interdisciplinary researcher that is merging the fields of natural and built environments. Her TED Talk, "Creating carbon-negative architecture" is pretty interesting; creating protocells that help construct materials and structures seems like a great way to blend fields together. In a way, natural elements are creating human-planned structures. I … Continue reading Biomimicry and…Technomimicry?
I recently stumbled upon (in the interweb sense) this video by Michael Pawlyn, an architect that concentrates on sustainable architecture, discussing the topic of Biomicmicry and its uses in Architecture. I have never really heard of Biomimicry before, but as I watched the video I became very intrigued by the prospect. Using nature as a … Continue reading Biomimicry in the Built Environment