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.
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.
Human activities and designs are radically re-shaping ecological cycles. So it's no surprise that, water - not just carbon - is increasingly the focus of many large-scale restoration, regeneration, and landscape management efforts.
For those Synergetics fans in the audience, Andy Thomson writes a piece on “The fact that we have inherited so many unquestioned fundamentals, such as the base ten number system, the x,y,z cubic Cartesian spatial grid, 360 degrees in a circle, etc. was not lost on Fuller.