Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn

Architect and Biomimicry and Sustainability Expert

Michael established the architecture firm Exploration in 2007 to focus on environmentally sustainable projects that take their inspiration from nature. Prior to setting up the company, Michael was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project.

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Michael Pawlyn is a passionate advocate of, and keynote speaker on biomimicry and sustainable architecture.

Michael believes there are substantial gains to be made by learning about how the natural world works and in 2007 established Exploration to focus exclusively on environmentally sustainable projects that take their inspiration from nature. In 2008 Exploration was short-listed for the Young Architect of the Year Award and the internationally renowned Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

Michael was one of the lead architects on the Eden Project and in 2011 became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com. His work includes a carbon neutral method for regenerating waste, and the revolutionary Sarah Forest Project which mimics the Namibian fog-basking beetle’s ability to create its own fresh water. The impacts of this project have the potential to reverse the process of desertification in deserts while generating large amounts of renewable solar energy.

Michael has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable design in the UK and abroad and has delivered talks at the Royal Society of Arts with Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface, as well as at Google’s annual ‘Zeitgeist’ conference. Michael is also a member of The Edge, the environmental think tank.

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Biomimicry in Architecture

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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Architect @MichaelPawlyn is a long-time champion of biomimicry in design. Ahead of his keynote address at #BlueTechForum in June he explains how this approach is delivering tangible benefits in water technology engineering https://t.co/JdmolyLrzg

Today, new digital tools, coupled with vastly superior processing power, have opened up a world of possibilities when it comes to architectural design.

Watch: A Wider Lens with @MichaelPawlyn: https://t.co/r1YYzfNsEf

This is horrifying. A collapse faster and further than anyone anticipated. We can expect many more tipping points of this kind in our lifetimes, in the absence of a decisive response to #climatebreakdown Report by @dpcarrington https://t.co/SHixIACQPA

Here's a bold prediction: 10 yrs from now 'Towards a deeper philosophy of biomimicry' by Freya Mathews (https://t.co/DF8EJ5rxon ) will be seen as a landmark essay equal in significance to Silent spring, Limits to Growth & Cradle to Cradle

Little Tree Library: A Clever Twist on the Donation-Based Community Library Gives New Life to a Big Old Stump https://t.co/uyQaCr9JN8 via @colossal

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