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Join us in Seattle on May 16 - 19, 2017 for the 11th annual Living Future unConference! Learn more and register here: http://www.livingfutureunconference.org/.
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Friday, May 19 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
Living Building Design Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry Genius of Place Workshop
TRACK: Biomimicry

Biomimicry is the science and art of abstracting design principles from the natural world and applying them to develop well-adapted innovative design solutions. One of the design tools used to facilitate the integration of Biomimicry into the design process for place-based projects is a Genius of Place study, which is an inquiry into the key adaptations organisms have developed in response to the unique context of a specific place. Drawing on the genius of local organisms and natural systems for a range of biomes, participants will learn how to systematically apply biomimicry thinking to built environment projects. 

Want to learn more about this session? Read our interview with speaker Joe Zazzera here

Speakers
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Peggy Chu

Biomimicry Professional, Peggy Chu Biomimicry Consulting
Peggy Chu is an architect and a Certified Biomimicry Professional. She is co-authoring a Living Buildings Inspired by Nature workbook to empower designers to integrate biomimicry thinking into the design of the built environment. She worked in corporate architecture at HOK integrating sustainable design practices across the Asia Pacific region as well as independently in Hong Kong as a green building certification consultant and university researcher conducting life cycle analyses of sustainable building construction methods. Peggy is based in Northern California where she gives lectures on biomimicry, juries student work, and seeks opportunities as a biomimicry design consultant... Read More →
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Diana Hammer

Life Scientist/Certified Biomimicry Professional, ReGenerous Cities, LLC
From catching snakes as a child, Diana continued her love of learning studying Environmental Sciences (Macalester College), serving in Peace Corps, and consulting for WWF/IUCN.  She earned a Master’s of Public Health (Johns Hopkins), a Master’s of Science in Biomimicry (Arizona State University), and is a Certified Biomimicry... Read More →
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Jane Toner

Founder/Biomimicry Professional, Biomimicry Australia
Jane Toner is an architect and Australia’s first Certified Biomimicry Professional. She is one of the co-founders of the Melbourne Living Future Collaborative, and the founder of Biomimicry Australia. Jane is passionate about the potential of Biomimicry to contribute to designs that are environmentally regenerative, socially just and joyous. She is a strong advocate for the integration of biomimicry at the earliest stage of a project and sees play and intra-disciplinary collaboration as the keys to successful sustainable design outcomes. Jane was a member of the winning team for the international Living Future... Read More →
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Joe Zazzera

Founding Principal/Biomimicry Professional, Plant Solutions
Joe Zazzera is contagiously enthusiastic about “re-connecting people with nature”. He has been working with nature in the built environment for 35 years. As the founding principal of Plant Solutions Inc., he designs and installs living walls, Moss Wall Art and sculptures, indoor atriums and living plantscapes. His mission is to create work and play environments that enhance productivity, reduce absenteeism, manage stress and improve human well-being. Joe lives in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona with his wife, Karen, along with some local bobcats, owls, snakes, coyotes, gila monsters, javelina, roadrunners, tarantula and... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Westin: Cascade 1 (Mezzanine Level)