Biomimicry Beauty Walk of Melbourne

Living Building Challenge  – Beauty Petal

The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek. The Living Building Challenge (LBC) poses the question, “What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?”

LBC’s seven performance standards, or Petals, align with the metaphor of our buildings being designed to emulate flowers – harvesting energy and water in place, using locally available materials, connecting to and enhancing the ecosystem in which they exist, and being beautiful.

Recognising the importance of emotional connection to place and culture as fundamental components of sustainability, LBC is the first green building system to incorporate “beauty” into its structure.

  • So – What is beauty?
  • Is beauty just biophilia (our innate need for connection with nature)?
  • What does biomimicry have to offer in inspiring and creating beautiful built environments that last the test of time?
  • What can we learn from nature about integrating beauty into the design of our buildings and cities?

Biomimicry & Beauty

Janine Benyus talks about biomimicry as “waking sleeping beauty” in reference to the fact that the survival of the human species once depended on our intimate connection with nature. Our ability to notice and mimic the behaviours of successful organisms, and to understand the environmental cues around us was part of what contributed to our success as a species. She sees the latest appearance of biomimicry not as an invention, but as a remembering.

“Beauty is a large part of why biomimicry resonates. Our search for mentors brings us back into contact with the living world, a place we were tuned to appreciate. Having spent 99.9% of our planetary tenure woven deep into the wild, we humans naturally admire the weaverbird’s nest, the conch’s shell, the scales of a shimmering trout. In fact, there are few things more beautiful to the human soul than good design.” (A Biomimicry Primer)

The time for “Do less harm” has passed. It’s time for the beginning of a Living Future where we recognize our relationship with the rest of life on the planet. Nature is constantly evolving and creating networks to survive in a way that enriches the entire ecological community.

Biomimicry Beauty Walk

Step out into Melbourne’s winter with Jane Toner, Australia’s first Biomimicry Specialist, Dr Dominique Hes, co-author of “Designing for Hope” and other like-minded individuals seeking to transform the way our built environment connects to nature and the human spirit.  Explore what nature can teach us about beauty – after all, she invented it.

This session is a walking exploration through nature in the heart of urban Melbourne. Tools will be provided to help identify relevant problems, interpret how nature is addressing them, and translate them into sustainable design solutions.

We’ll explore how nature can inspire a genuine sense of place and community as the bellwether of truly restorative design. Learn how to interpret nature’s lessons and apply them to design challenges in your own community.

When: 1 – 5pm, Saturday 13th June, 2015.

Where: Meet at Federation Bells at Birrarung Marr (or just adjacent as Circus Oz has dropped their tent just there) – we’ll head off into the wilds of Melbourne around 1:15pm

What to bring: good walking shoes, 4-season-in-1-day apparel, notebook, pen/pencil

Cost: $42.50

How to book:

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