Fact or Fiction: Everything Has A Glass Ceiling- Blog 4

On Tuesday, we did an activity outside and I was really excited since my LOLA presentation overlapped with the activity. One of the questions involved listing the attributes of buildings and trees. It was really simple for me to think about, shelter, water consumption and storage, and turning CO2 into oxygen. One of the differences that I noticed was that trees prevent erosion and the construction of buildings speed up the process of erosion. I had not previously thought about it before and I think this is key to changing our world and how biomimicry could really transform the present and especially the future. We should start learning from nature not being detrimental to its survival. Humans are taking away nature’s 3.8 billion years old processes and trying to control the earth, well the earth isn’t controllable and nature can live without us. If we don’t start trying to hone in on biomimicry, sustainability, and industrial ecology then there will be a downfall. There is a glass ceiling for everything on the planet, and we will have to realize that before it is too late.

In my presentation over HOK and their project Lavasa in India specialized in making buildings that acted like trees, shelter than could rise and fall with the water levels, as well as roofs that acted as roots and prevented water from hitting the ground in large quantities. One thing we discussed in class in the necessity of pairing with biologists for biomimicry, and that is exactly what HOK did for this project for three towns. HOK’s progress with Biomimicry 3.8 is revolutionary for the interior design, architecture, and planning industries. The project started in 2008 and is set to be complete just after 2020, but people are already able to move in and have been able to for quite some time. Many videos I found were just citizens walking around their neighborhoods gasping at the beautiful surroundings. That wouldn’t have happened if it contained quick construction or kept with the pattern of deforestation of the land. 12,500 acres is a lot of land and they managed to reclaim 70% of it, they reduced carbon emissions by 30%, and reduced waste that gets sent to landfills by a staggering 95%. The other companies take notice of this groundbreaking strategy and so have the citizens. Instead of hurting the land further they reclaimed it for nature and took a chance, with many sketches and first-time innovations.

A student presented about Aquafil, Italian based company specializing in production of Nylon 6. They harvest pre-consumer waste such as oligomers, scraps, and other products. Post-consumer waste like end-of-life products made from polyamide 6 including fishing nets, fluff (the top of carpets and rugs) and rigid textiles. The company has three business units: BCF, NTF, and Energy and Recycling. They practice a regeneration system that rescues products discarded in the ocean and put them back into production as a virgin fabric. Recreate material, sustainable system that leads to minimal amounts of waste. They are a waste positive group, meaning they make less waste than they consume. For every ten thousand tons of Econyl product: eliminates 12.6 tons of waste, save 70 thousand barrels of crude oil, and avoids 42 thousand tons of CO2 emissions. This product is used in carpeting as well as apparel products. This is a revolutionary product and as soon as more of the world takes notice of this company, the more they will want to compete and create a competitive product. Interior design and architecture firms have already started looking for more sustainable products and now the industry has this econyl product that will take the world by storm in the next few years, or at least I hope it will for the sake of future generations.

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