Architects of change | TV Program | To innovate is to immitate
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Janine Benyus

Issue / The Domination of Nature

The technological, industrial and scientific advances of the modern world keep pushing back the limits of what is imaginable. Humans have long believed, often erroneously, that it is possible to dominate and control nature by imposing our own rules, according to our needs. Nonetheless, the planet-wide disturbances and imbalances man has caused, after many centuries of putting that ideology into practice, tend to prove the contrary.

But technical innovation, the creation of new equipment, the design of technological systems and even industrial advances do not have to be harmful to the planet. Clearly, it would be wiser to put to use our knowledge of the biosphere and its incredible adaptive capacity, particularly through biomimicry, than to continue down the destructive path we have been on.