Apr
28

Nature Reflections, the Power of Biomimicry, and Change

Everything I see is infinitely more than meets the eye. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Beauty is not just skin deep. This ideologies run through my mind as I observe the world around me on this wet, spring day. Rather than focusing on the colors, sounds and obvious functions of nature, I find […]

Apr
28

Sustainable Design Barometer: PodPaks

Cardboard is used to ship 90 percent of all products in the U.S. Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space and 46 gallons of oil. (www.earth911.com). By creating an alternative to cardboard packaging for smaller items, PodPaks shipping system reduces cardboard waste, allows for lighter shipments resulting in less fuel […]

Apr
22

Viewing Nature: Life’s Principles Lens

First of all, this was the most exciting nature blog, yet, because it was FINALLY sunny and warm, so I was thrilled to be outside without an umbrella and a hat. Just to top it off, I found an amazing place outdoors within walking distance to my job in Oakland (near the city). The atmosphere […]

Apr
21

Case Study: Tree H20 Optimization

  So many hours of my life are spent in and around trees – whether it is hiking or viewing them through a window. I seem to always notice the leaves of a tree first – are they green, flowery, dead, or just budding? I notice how full the tree is, how tall it is, […]

Apr
14

Jagged but Curved! Agreeable Opposites

Jagged, pointy, and hard but also smooth, curved, and symmetrical. How can something have such seemingly disagreeing characteristics and also be a part of one single organism? I discovered there were opposite traits on not just one, but many types of greens. Here are three of them in focus. My observation started in the late […]

Apr
12

Life’s Patterns and a Century-Old Home Design

Jay Harmon, a prominent sustainable innovator, said “Nature is clean, green, sustainable… If you don’t copy nature, you’re wasting your time.” Well, I have to say that whomever created our home might not have looked at nature for the best solution in design, but they definitely used [at least part of] the basic life pattern […]

Apr
7

Viewing Nature through a Pattern Lens

The way the branches must cross over and under each other in order to move toward the sky makes up my favorite pattern. They have to almost weave in and out of one another to get their own little part in the sunlight. Even though there wasn’t much sunlight today, the branches still arc to […]

Apr
5

Mimic the Most Powerful Designer of All: Nature

 Courtesy: NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center Biomimicry is so smart, its truly a wonder that our human minds have not grasped the idea in everything that we create. By using the intelligent, inspiring, and sustainable designs that naturally occur in our world, designers can mimic this utter brilliance in our own man-made creations. This […]