The wonder of design with-in Nature: towards an ecotechnic future

David Sanchez (Lead / Corresponding author), Fraser Bruce, Thomas Inns

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Seeing the Earth as a crafted entity is more than a metaphor; forms, processes and systems embedded in all the biodiversity have been creating a living atmosphere and inspiring human creativity for thousands of years. In the age of biology, our digital technologies and sustainability models are reshaping our culture to flow with the patterns of the natural world. Biophilic trends, biomimetic practices and the search for natural rhythms within our technology are now co-forming a state of transition which recognizes the intrinsic intelligence embedded in animals, plants, fungi, bacteria or even human off-grid communities. This paper describes these practices as eco-technics, and considers the role of the design academy in fostering sustainable scenarios, thereby establishing an opportunity for design innovation and a way of seeing the world anew through the eyes of nature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrafting the Future
Subtitle of host publication10th European Academy of Design Conference April 17-19 2013 in Gothenburg
EditorsMina Dennert
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Event10th International Conference of the European Academy of Design : Crafting the future - University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 17 Apr 201319 Apr 2013


Conference10th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
Abbreviated titleEAD 10


  • biophilia
  • biomimicry
  • resilience
  • future scenarios
  • synergy
  • design education


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