When I first read this week's theme and missions, a wh*** bunch of designs came to my mind, which I've seen around, since my very first research activity on sustainable design. Many kinds of different solutions have been conceived to help developing countries with water security issues. I'll be publishing some of them, but the most brilliant I found were already reported even before the water mission was officially published. Then, I choosed to report something different: a solution which is generally proposed for developed countries, in order to face a dramatically urgent water security issue. I'm talking about water pollution with toxic chemicals and waste from factories.
The beautifully creative and sustainable solution I want to report is called "Green Eco-Machines" (or simply "living machines"), and it was conceived by Dr. John Todd. Dr. Todd is a biologist working in the field of ecological design. His ideas often involve applications that make use of alternative technologies. His principal interests include solving the problems of food production and waste-water processing.
system they developed is an ecologically engineered technology conceived to restore, conserve, or remediate sewage or other polluted water, by replicating and accelerating the natural purification processes of streams, ponds and marshes. In practical application, a living machine is a self-contained treatment system designed to treat a specific waste stream using the principles of ecological engineering. It does this by using diverse communities of bacteria and other microorganisms, algae, plants, trees, snails, fish and other living creatures. This approach is generally known as "phytoremediation" and also applies, with different strategies, to soil and air.
Dr. John Todd won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, in 2008. The principles he chose to follow for his work (and for his wh*** life) are admirable; they totally fit with Fuller's intuition of nature's importance and interconnectedness (which on his turn anticipated what's now called biomimicry). A well-known quote by Buckminster Fuller is: ‘I’m not trying to
imitate nature, I’m trying to discover the principles she is using’. And here are Dr. Todd's fundamental design principles, based on that same respect for nature and will of comprehension:
the living world is the matrix for all design
design should follow, not oppose, the laws of life
biological equity must determine design
design must reflect bioregionality
projects should be based on renewable energy sources
design should be sustainable through the intergration of living systems
design should be coevolutionary with the natural world
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