Our Planet and Plants as Inspiration to Architecture?


If we will continue on in the path of seeking sustainable forms of living then the way we design our built environment needs to be informed by wisdom. Nature’s wisdom is all around us. Our planet has experimented for millions of years with plants. It has made lots of mistakes and has also succeeded greatly. Plants have evolved over millenia, changing and adapting to weather patterns, ecologies, and ecological-rhythms. Architecture may benefit from being inspired by nature.

Double Challenge – A Sustainable Structure to Maximize Farming Land
I’m wondering if some of the ingenious folks out there would like to join me on a hobby problem I am thinking about: how can we maximize the use of land/space for farming?

This would require the maximum exposure to sunlight while maximizing the amount of crops that could be planted within a specific amount of space.

Also, it would be great if we can also maximize the amount of water available. I keep imagining a multi-storied structure.

Would this farm structure look like a plant itself? Would it look like our planet? A sphere rotating to maximize exposure to sunlight?

Would it look like a sphere within a sphere? The smaller sphere holds the plants. The larger sphere traps the condensation of water – until it drips down again. This would mirror the cycle of water in our planet.
Daniel Montano
Keyword: Daniel Montano, Dan Montano, user experience design, information architect


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