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Biomimicry in Architecture

Michael Pawlyn

Read the Foreword and Introduction to 'Biomimicry in Architecture' by Michael Pawlyn

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 136

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Sep 2011

  • Stock Code: 67855

  • ISBN: 9781859463758

  • Binding: Paperback

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In the search for genuinely sustainable building design and technology - designs that go beyond conventional sustainability to be truly restorative - we often find that nature got there first. Over 3.5 billion years of natural history have evolved innumerable examples of forms, systems, and processes that we can now apply beneficially to modern green design.

Aimed at architects, urban designers and product designers, Biomimicry in Architecture looks to the natural world to seek clues as to how we can achieve radical increases in resource efficiency. Packed with inspiring case studies predicting future trends, the principal chapters look in turn at: structural efficiency; material manufacture; zero-waste systems; water; energy generation; the thermal environment; and biomimetic products.

Together, it is an amazing sourcebook of extraordinary design solutions to equip us for the challenges of building a sustainable and restorative future.

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About the Author

Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn set up Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on radical approaches to environmental sustainability. 

From 1997 to 2007 he worked with Grimshaw Architects and was part of the core team of architects that designed the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Biomes and a number of other projects that explored innovative approaches to sustainability. 

He has extensive experience of working on buildings for the arts both in his capacity as an architect and as an environmental consultant. He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable design in the UK and abroad and in May 2005 delivered a talk at the Royal Society of Arts with Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface. In May 2009 he opposed the renowned environmental sceptic, Bjorn Lomborg, at the BCO conference in Edinburgh. In 2011 Michael became the latest in a small handful of architects that have succeeded in having one of their talks posted on the TED.com website (click here).

In 2006 he was appointed to represent Grimshaw as a Founder Member of the UK Green Building Council and in 2007 was elected as a committee member of ‘The Edge’, a think-tank dedicated to addressing important political, social and professional issues. He has taught on a number of courses at Schumacher College with some of the world’s leading figures in the field of sustainable design and is currently working on the ambitious ‘Sahara Forest Project’.

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