January 5, 2008

The Future of Urban Planning

What would you call a skyscraper that works like a tree, makes oxygen, distills water, produces energy, and changes with the seasons? How about a "treescraper"?

Designed by William McDonough, the green architect par excellence, and the man who built the first solar-powered house in Ireland in 1977, the Treescraper is based on the principles of biomimicry - and exemplifies healthy and high-tech design for the future. McDonough’s latest proposal focuses on the possibilities of today, for a future context, integrating green and arboreally-inspired systems in a super efficient, forward-thinking architectural marvel.

Such innovations are essential for building a more just and sustainable world - where all individuals are encouraged to develop our various capacities to their fullest potential. The simultaneous inclusion of natural design principles, with a deeper understanding of human development, and an appreciation of sociocultural complexity is an integral step towards a more healthy and ethical civilization.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS DESIGN: HERE
(See Also: BIOMIMICRY INSTITUTE)

WATCH AN EXCITED LECTURE BY McDONOUGH HERE: "THE WISDOM OF NATURAL DESIGN"

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