Biomimicry 3.8 is offering a five-day immersive tour through giant redwoods, oak woodlands and intertidal zones of California. Explore the interlinked ecosystems and learn how to bring nature’s design to your own work.
Planet:tech will be a global meeting place for technology and environment. It is a new conference at Collision, a massive 20,000 person technology conference with 13 sub-conferences in New Orleans, between the two weekends of Jazz Fest. Participants come from over 100 countries.
The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has a new show exploring the counterculture of the ’60s and ’70s and its global impact on art and design. Several Fuller artifacts are featured including issues of the Whole Earth Catalog. This transformative period is displayed through immersive environments, printed works, films and media installations.
Maurice Conti, a designer and futurist from Autodesk, has given a TED talk suggesting that a new partnership among technology applications, principles of nature, and human ingenuity is shaping our world, enabling it to move from fabricated to farmed, constructed to grown, isolated to connected, extracted to aggregated, and from obedience to autonomy.
NOVA released a fascinating hour-long program on the power and uses of origami. For example, the principles of ancient paper folding practice are used today for design of satellites and micro robots as well as in developing new medicines. The show explored how the rules of origami follow those in nature as in how leaves grow and how insects fly.
Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is a deep well of wisdom that can teach us how to cultivate and regenerate the conditions for life on Earth. M. Kat Anderson's book Tending the Wild demonstrates these collaborative approaches and a new television show inspired by Anderson's book was just released and is viewable online.