Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

What Would Nature Do?

March 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Maria Dolan

A conceptual design of RainBellows at different stages of filtration. These storage cells filter the water, which can then reenter the building’s plumbing system through an attachment at the bottom of the cell. The design is built into the facade of a building, and opens when water enters them. Photography courtesy of Weber Thompson.It seems like there is no end to the problems humans must solve.

There are global challenges: human-driven climate shift, ocean acidification, war, the plights of refugees. The Seattle area also struggles with its own growing list of issues, from a lack of affordable housing to growing inequality and major traffic woes.

In the search for solutions, it’s helpful to have consultants on board, and some designers and scientists say they know just where to turn: to the plants, animals, microbes and other non-human inhabitants of the natural world.

“Organisms are solving challenges everywhere on earth,” says Tim McGee, biophilic design manager at the Seattle-based International...

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A rendering of the Watershed building in Seattle’s Fremont Neighborhood | Courtesy of Weber Thompson


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