Making Buildings More Like Ecosystems

Green building? Feh. Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow looks at the movement towards biomimetic architecture, buildings that create living, sustainable ecosystems of their own.
June 15, 2010, 6am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Biomimetic buildings use natural systems to create zero-waste, closed loop systems that produce no net waste.

Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow writes, "According to its proponents, this approach has the potential to be vastly more ecologically sustainable than current building practices, even those dubbed green, and they see a profound shift in this direction as crucial for architecture, not to mention the planet. Ultimately, they raise the prospect of a future where the built environment works in a radically different way - not as a foil for nature, but as seamlessly integrated with it as possible."

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Published on Monday, June 14, 2010 in The Boston Globe
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