Michael Pawlyn: Using nature’s genius in architecture

According to Pawlyn, a successful sustainability revolution accomplishes:

  • Resource efficiency
  • Linear to close loop model
  • Fossil fuel economy to solar economy

Put in a very general way, we need to look at the way in which the waste of one organism in nature becomes the nutrient of another.

When thinking of sustainable architecture, we can look at cities as as opportunities and transform their metabolism to create a close loop model from which we could become more aware of the way we treat waste. 

We often think that solar energy is complicated to design or even incorporates high technology. However, energy problems are not intractable. If we research closer, we can realize that we receive 10,000 times more energy from the sun than from the other forms of energy. Imagine, with solar panels we can take advantage of this resource by producing energy as well shade.

Michael Pawlyn’s TED Talk gives us a better insight on how we can use nature genius for a more sustainable architecture: