Shani Van BelAlumnus
Learning SUSTAINABILITY from Animal Architecture
Sustainability is not just about saving energy. It is a philosophy of respect and equilibrium.
Is it possible that we could look at animals and learn something positive from their architecture? There is a lot to be learned not only of form in nature but in animal design principles that create an equilibrium in their habitat that remains long after they are gone. Instinctive and immature, as it may appear, animal architecture beholds the main principles of sustainability:
- Architecture that responds to the changing climate, maximising use of solar energy
- Architecture that is flexible to changing needs of users, avoiding waste
- The use of local biodegradable materials, avoiding transportation and waste
Spatial design would progress to a new level of consciousness and beauty if sustainability was addressed as it is in animal architecture.