Michael Pawlyn - Architect and Director, Exploration-Architecture
In this talk Michael Pawlyn will describe how biomimicry can deliver a synthesis of the best that human innovation can deliver combined with the 3.8 billion years of research and development presented by adaptations in the living world. For innovators that want to achieve breakthroughs in the circular economy or radical increases in resource efficiency there are few innovation approaches better than biomimicry. He will present a new concept for an office building, a radical design for a data centre that uses a fraction of the energy of conventional approaches and the ambitious Sahara Forest Project. The last of these is a scheme that brings together a cluster of synergistic technologies in desert areas and offers the potential to grow crops in some of the most water-stressed parts of the world while generating clean energy and reversing desertification.