Wait for it…. 😉
Wait for it…. 😉
An emerging approach for sustainable solutions to human challenges is to emulate nature’s time-tested phenomena, patterns and principles. This process, often referred to as biomimicry, seeks out and incorporates lessons learned over nature’s 3.8 billion years of innovation.
This methodology can be a great source for inspiration when designing tiny. Applications in rain water harvesting, heat-dissipating surfaces, energy creation, and even collective resource generation through intentional pocket-neighborhood master planning and more all have their place. Simply put, nature has already figured out how to live synergistically with it’s environment, we only need to get out of our own way to see this.
Like nature, we need resilient, zero-energy, zero-waste, regenerative environments that are aware, responsive and can learn to adapt to their occupants and surroundings. Why can’t tiny homes be a part of this too!
I posit that biomimicry in the built environment is a wellspring for the tiny home movement. It’s just going to take the voice and guidance of nature to be heard, moreover the skills of listening from the people to see this perspective an usher it into fruition.
A few examples to get the gears turning…
Wastewater Mitigation and Reuse – John Todd Ecological Design = wastewater treatment through purposeful treatment solutions using plants (Pocket Neighborhood Integration)
Energy-Sharing Micro-Grids – Based on the collective energy sharing of most all ecosystem types this method of collaborative consumption creates resilient self-sufficient communities. (www.philogic.co)
Super-Superior Materials – (the mollusk shell!) Could be used on anything from roofing shingles, windows, and trailer structures.
It’s as strong as steel and tough as a bulletproof vest, capable of withstanding the same amount of pressure it takes to turn carbon into a diamond. Scientists have discovered nature’s newest strongest material, and it comes from … a sea snail.
“If a path to the better there be,
it begins with a full look at the worst”
Thomas Hardy, 1887
“We are literally stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up”
James Howard Kunstler, 2003
Global oil peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, Are today’s suburbs destined to become the slums of the future? This is a short version of “The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream”, a documentary about the end of the age of cheap oil.
The complete 78-minute version of The End of Suburbia is available on DVD at http://www.endofsuburbia.com. If you own the DVD, you are welcome to screen it to live audiences without permission, as long as it is not for profit.
Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.
Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it?
By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.
Angela expands on the upsides of downsizing and how living with less can positively affect your life. http://www.angelagayehorn.com/
Published on Dec 21, 2014
Living Small explores the Tiny House Movement through the lives of the people making it happen. The film follows Anderson Page as he builds a tiny house for the first time, discovering the challenges and rewards of constructing one’s own living space. Living Small inspires new ways of thinking about living space and challenges the long-held notion that “bigger is better.”
TV producer and Internet-video personality Kirsten Dirksen invites us on her journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops.