Radical Nature: Sustainable Architecture

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    Panoramic view of the geodesic biome domes at the Eden Project. Wikipedia

    This interesting short film showcases art and architecture inspired by mother nature herself – an unceasing source for design ideas and innovations. The brief film went with a show called the Radical Nature Exhibition at the Barbican in London back in 2009 – but it’s content and contributors are still as relevant and fresh today.

    Listen to Michael Pawlyn, one of the main people behind the Eden Project, talk about his interests in biomimicry. The idea is to look at nature, her forms and principles (at even the most detailed level) and understand how those principles which have evolved over billions of years of trial and error can influence sustainable decisions in the built environment.

    In TEDSalon in London Pawlyn gave the talk, “Using nature’s genius in architecture”, where he described three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.