This architectural concept is the kind of disruptive creativity that I believe we need to escape the limitations of current sustainable design.
Let folks get scandalized and outraged. It is a necessary evil in our urgent transition to permanent sustainability, resilience and the ultimate integration back in the natural ecosystem.
We need to ‘play and plug in’ our brains the unthinkable concept of Nature shaping our human environment. This is a fascinating way to give do her but if you can only appreciate the pragmatic side of ecology, such approach may become critical in the re-framing of nature and our place in it that we so urgently need.
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Posted in climate change, conservation, ecodesign, emergent technologies, future, global change, global warming, tagged climate change resilience, ecodesign, future, future cities, green cities on March 22, 2014|
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Posted in conservation, deep ecology, ecodesign, environmental degradation, health and wellness, nature's rights, tagged conservation, deep ecology, ecodesign, green urbanism, Nature reconquest on March 5, 2014|
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I could not help going back to the time when this surreal landscape was inhabited
Of the many ideas I have had to create sustainability, there is one that keeps me particularly fascinated. It occurred to me while hiking in the stunning rocks shown in the photo. I was rock hoping in Red Rock Canyon when I found this beautiful cave which could have well been somebody’s living room ten centuries ago. It made reconsider how sterile and separated from nature our working spaces are. I could not resist the idea of someday bringing my office to a place like this. As bold and enticing the thought was the environmentalist in me could not even contemplate the idea of allowing me to invade such a pristine and protected environment.
So if I could not bring my working space to this natural surrounding maybe I could take the reverse action and get a similar result. That led me to an even wilder idea. I seriously contemplated bringing this landscape to our work space, our living space, and our overall human infrastructure. I know it is mind boggling but please stay with me.
This is a wild ride. It’s a sci-fi film where humans would stop conquering Nature and for the first time, the conquered would be become the conqueror. Of course Nature will conquer our environment if we stop containing it. We can see that when stop maintaining a lawn. It’s a matter of time before a prairie settles in. Unfortunately Nature takes much longer than us to take a territory. And that is why I am toying with the idea of accelerating this reclaiming of territory by Nature with our assistance. The very power we have used to take land, water and other natural resources from the wild could be used to help her recover it.
I cannot think of a deeper way to reconcile our broken relationship with Nature; to redeem ourselves from the damage and the pain we have caused to the wild; to restore our lost connection to the land than to allowing Nature to invade our socio-technical environment. Imagine waking up to the song of tropical birds, rock climbing to the water fountain, watching tree tops in your commute to work and falling asleep to the sound of a cascade. Hold on! This is not a vacation in Costa Rica. This is a work day in your city of residence in a not too distant future.
If you are bold enough to believe this wild dream can be designed into reality, I encourage you to read future posts. I am looking for examples of this bold concept already developed.
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From Nature to Hardware
The International Bionic Engineering Conference represents a critical agent of change to make our technology sustainable. Nature’s engineering and manufacturing solutions have been maximized through countless designs resulting from the unlimited creativity of complex living systems, and validated to perfection through the test of time . It would be ludicrous to compare our man-made technologies to those in the natural world just comparing the time scale difference between humans and nature developing their respective technologies. Humans have taken years while Nature has used billions of years. Such abysmal gap should make us realize we were never the center of the living universe but a contributor, a co-creator whose ego has grown as out of control as the global environmental degradation that such ego has created.
Bionics is a big part of sustainability as it forces us to shift our anthropocentric conception of reality back to a life centered, earth centered realism. We as entrepreneurs, engineers, educators and common citizens can promote this noble approach to science and technology. This will be a fundamental step in our painful challenging shift from the industrial paradigm to the sustainable one. I encourage anyone interested in high-tech and the latest gizmos to follow this conference and its culture.
Culture and consciousness are the key operating words here, much more so than technology. In order to create truly sustainable human environments the way humans do it, technologically, we need to restore human innovation and progress with the humanism that we lost during the scientific revolution. This is our chance to turn around our aging industrial “train freight” attitude sentenced to a gradual but catastrophic collision in the not too distant future. We can all put our two cents by learning about designs cool enough to temper this ever heating planet.
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