When searching for genuinely sustainable building design and technology - designs that go beyond conventional sustainability to be truly restorative – it is often the case that nature got there first. Over 3.5bn years of natural history have evolved innumerable examples of forms, systems, and processes that can be applied to modern green design.
Aimed at architects, urban designers and engineers, this new edition of Biomimicry in Architecture looks to the natural world to achieve radical increases in resource efficiency. Packed with case studies predicting future trends, this edition also contains updated and expanded chapters on structures, materials, waste, water, thermal control and energy, as well as an all-new chapter on light.
With a new foreword written by Dame Ellen MacArthur, this book is a must-read for anyone preparing for the challenges of building a sustainable and restorative future.
Michael Pawlyn has been described as a pioneer of biomimicry and established Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on designing high performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy. In 2008 his practice was short-listed for the Young Architect of the Year Award and the internationally renowned Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Since then the company has developed a ground-breaking office project, an ultra-low energy data centre and a zero waste textiles factory.
Michael jointly initiated the widely acclaimed Sahara Forest Project; the first version of which was built in 2012 and opened by the Emir of Qatar during the Doha Climate Change talks and attracted plaudits from a number of world leaders including the Prime Ministers of Norway and Qatar.
Prior to setting up Exploration Michael worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases that included proposals for a third Biome for plants from dry tropical regions.
He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable innovation and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com. which has since had over 1.5m viewings.