TED Talk of the Day #010: Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture

Event: TEDSalon London 2010
Speaker: Michael Pawlyn
Bio: Takes cues from nature to make new, sustainable architectural environments.

As is being repeated everywhere, “The Nature is RESETTING itself”. We all (myself included) are lamenting the “urban toxic culture” and the damage the industrial development (including most of “modern” technologies) has done to nature and us.

We seem to be the most intelligent living species on this earth – we come up with humongous inventions and innovations and we also seem to be causing the maximum damage.

What is the core problem? What is the actual gap? What is the real CONTRADICTION?

Let us take help of Ayn Rand, who said:

“Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.”

Here is real the deal – the nature is resetting and IT IS ALSO OFFERING A SOLUTION. Many solutions. The basic IDEA is this – Go ahead and do as much “industrial development” as you want – just make sure that most of the MODERN TECHNOLOGIES MIMIC THE NATURE. Simple. Copy the nature. Introducing Biomimicry – the wiki definition is:

Biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems.

The Biomimicry industry is gaining steam. Few hours ago, Forbes has posted “Is Covid-19 The Reset Button We Need Towards A Sustainable Future Of Design?” (see link below)

Coming back to the TED talk, some more information about the Speaker: He is an architect noted for his work in the field biomimetic architecture and innovation. His best selling book is Biomimicry in Architecture.

Any other reason WHY we should learn from the nature? Sure! Because nature is the OLDEST AND THE GREATEST PRODUCT MANAGER EVER! A snippet from the talk:

You could look at nature as being like a catalog of products, and all of those have benefited from a 3.8-billion-year research and development period. And given that level of investment, it makes sense to use it.

Another snippet:

“And when you think about nature, often you think about it as being all about competition. But actually in mature ecosystems, you’re just as likely to find examples of symbiotic relationships. So an important biomimicry principle is to find ways of bringing technologies together in symbiotic clusters.”

List of previous videos at https://sharebooks.org/category/videos/


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomimetics
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/roddyclarke/2020/03/26/is-covid-19-the-reset-button-we-need-towards-a-sustainable-future-of-design
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Pawlyn


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