Living Technologies

Living Technologies are quite simple systems which use naturally occurring processes to meet our needs.

The ecological services provided by living systems and which keep the entire biosphere functioning can in many instances be brought back into the design of our buildings and communities.

Water and air filtration, temperature moderation, energy conservation and waste recycling are just some of the functions which can be filled by living technologies.

While the processes themselves are timeless, more recent research has refined their application to fit into contemporary requirements for sustainable design.

Here are some of the examples:

Living Roofs

Living Roofs are human-made vegetated areas on the top of buildings that entail a number of social a environmental benefits.

Living Roof systems, also called Green Roofs or Sky Gardens, date back to the pre-mediaeval days in Europe when sod roofs in Scandinavia were commonly used to keep country homes warm and dry. In fact it could be claimed that the oldest surviving green roof is on New Grange, county Meath in Ireland.

Natural Swimming Pools

A Natural Swimming Pool uses the technology of the reed bed filtration system to cleanse the swimming water. Regular swimming pools use chemicals such as chlorine to kill bacteria (which can damage swimmers’ health and our ozone system), whereas a natural swimming pool uses the natural purifying properties of plants, as well as a small filter to extract surface debris such as leaves, and a small pump to keep the water circulating sufficiently through the planting area.

Living Walls

Green Wall - Photo by Renée Stephen, 2005 Essentially a living wall is a vertically grown plant community which mimics the growth mode of plants on a natural rock wall. In such situations, a continuous seep of moisture flowing over the surface supports a varied population of mosses, ferns, and other companion plants.

Living Walls, or Biowalls, have been conceived and refined independently in several different places, but are based upon similar principles.

Supporting and Compatible Technologies

There is a range of sustainable technologies which, while not specifically Living Technologies themselves, fit very well with systems such as Living Roofs, Living Walls, Living Machines, etc.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
— Nelson Mandela

sustainability strategies & design

Sustainability Partnerships with Nature
Syndicate content

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

Site by diseño web || Powered by Drupal and Abac