Wild Design: Ecofriendly Innovations Inspired by Nature

Wild Design: Ecofriendly Innovations Inspired by Nature

by Alan Marshall




In Wild Design, environmental designer and scientist Alan Marshall presents a manifesto on nature-inspired designs, including visionary concepts as well as exhibits of actual products, landscapes, and artwork from around the world. With elegant photographs and drawings, the book incorporates the ethos of sustainability by documenting many of the results of the Ecomimicry Project, an international experiment in ecodesign that marries the skills of local artists and ecologists from Western Australia and the Carpathian mountains in Eastern Europe.

All the designs treat nature as an inspiration for ecofriendly innovations. Among the fascinating possibilities: a bike helmet based on the crustacean exoskeleton, a heliotropic house, and a car fueled by algae. Marshall argues that design should be the responsibility of all, not just a technological elite, and it is in this spirit that he offers this timely, important book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556437908
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 07/14/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Alan Marshall is the founder of the Ecomimicry Project and is currently a research fellow at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. As well as researching in Australasia, he has worked on environmental issues at several European universities and research centers, including the Institute for Advanced Studies in Graz, Austria and Presov University in Slovakia.

Table of Contents

What is the Ecomimicry Project? 1

Product Designs 10

Landscape and Community Designs 58

Art from Ecomimicry 103

Reflections 147

Bibliography 151

Index 153

About the Author 161

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