14 September 2009

We can learn so much from nature…

a humpback whales’ irregular shaped flippers, a vulture’s tipped-end wings, a spider’s web, the list goes on and on…

All these uniquely designed animals have led us to some amazing technological advancements. This is what biomimicry shows us.

(Biomimicry = emulating nature to solve human problems)

Por ejemplo:

An African termite mound providing an architectural design model for contemporary buildings. These termite mounds regulate temperature and are self-cooling. By studying their structure its structure. Architects implemented this design in the East Gate Center in Harare, Zimbabwe. It has no conventional air conditioning or heating.

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In our discussions on the Natural Step’s system conditions, I am struck by #4:

“Humanity should not be subjugated to conditions that systematically undermine their capacity to meet their needs.”

Basic human needs like: food, clothing, shelter…

What has the world come to when all we produce, consume, and waste inhibits the basic necessities of life?!

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Thanks to this class, my brain hurts every time I stare down at my trashcan!

I nearly gave my car back to my parents this week too. I was determined to bike everywhere. Not completely practical since I live away from school and work, but an effort I wanted to make all the same.

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