Beyond Sustainability: A look at Biophilia and Biomimicry

In a presentation on Biophilia and Biomimicry at the American University of Beirut in the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, theOtherDada explored new ways to move beyond sustainability and to reconsider the world differently through the lens of Biophilia and Biomimicry.

By incorporating the three pillars of sustainability – Environmental Protection, Social Equity and Economic Growth, the design caters for a healthy environment, nurturing community and sufficient economy. Moreover, theOtherDada explained how Biophilic design can generate new relationships between the place and its inhabitants by incorporating natural elements such as light, sound, odor, weather, water, vegetation animals and landscapes.

By asking “How does Nature design”, theOtherDada elaborated more extensively on the importance of looking at Nature’s Genius and Biomimicry in solving problems ranging from design, construction and organization. Design inspired by nature helps us move towards a more holistic and harmonious system of exchange generating new spatial experiments and living conditions.

Learning from Nature’s 3.8 billion years of wisdom can help us overcome critical challenges through pertinent design solutions: solving architectural problems by looking as the Pollen Grains, providing fresh water by learning from the Namib Desert Beetle’s, controlling heat just like the Termite Mounds, and many more to count.

Nature is an unlimited source of references that can guide the designers to solve problems with limited natural resources. theOtherDada speculates finally on the following: What if our buildings were as safe and regenerative as natural structures? What if our cities were as effective and generous as forests?




About tOD

Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and craftsmen.

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