Architects must urgently go beyond creating sustainable architecture that minimises damage to the planet and design buildings that help repair it, says Michael Pawlyn from Architects Declare. Biomimetic architect Pawyln, who has played a key role in promoting Architects Declare , believes that architecture that "just mitigates negatives" is not going far enough. Pawlyn says that if the industry is to truly help tackle the multiple environmental challenges of today, architects must design buildings that give more than they take. Pawlyn believes the solution is regenerative design — the development of restorative and renewable systems where output is always greater than input, beneficial for humans and other species. However architecture is currently stuck in the "outdated mitigation paradigm" where, at best, studios are striving for architecture that does no additional harm to the environment and only sustains its own existence.
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Over 3. Aimed at architects, urban designers and product designers, this new edition of Biomimicry in Architecture looks to the natural world to achieve radical increases in resource efficiency.
Packed with case studies predicting future trends, this edition also contains updated and expanded chapters on structures, materials, waste, water, thermal control and energy, as well as an all-new chapter on light. An amazing sourcebook of extraordinary design solutions, Biomimicry in Architecture is a must-read for anyone preparing for the challenges of building a sustainable and restorative future.
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Biomimicry in Architecture
Michael Pawlyn born 30 September is a British architect noted  for his work in the field biomimetic architecture and innovation. He was part of the principal team of architects that conceived and designed The Eden Project  and is a regular keynote speaker at events on innovation and environmental sustainability. His best selling RIBA book Biomimicry in Architecture  was published in and a revised second edition, with a foreword by Ellen MacArthur , was published in He was one of the three founders of The Sahara Forest Project  - a way of supplying fresh water, food and renewable energy in arid conditions - and remains actively involved as a Founding Partner and Design Manager.
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