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posted by Mark Liebman, Apr 24, 2014
Mimicking natural ecosystems can turn unsustainable towns into sustainable bioregions. Mark Liebman suggests a planning system that is beneficial for both the land users and the ecosystem inhabitants.
Evolution is an amazing phenomenon. It has been occurring from the day life appeared on Earth producing an array of ecosystems as a result of continuous improvement. Ecosystems should then provide a fantastic model on which to base the systems we use to organise our lives.
Indeed there is a growing awareness of the benefits of biomimicry. Among them is the understanding that we can model a multitude of systems on nature. Natural systems are dynamic, adaptive, highly productive and sustainable. They don’t require fossil fuel input and use only solar input (in one form or another) as the main energy driver. Natural systems are also supremely efficient in that they waste almost nothing.
The question then arises: Can we design and plan our urban agglomerations so that they mimic natural ecosystems and accrue the same benefits, and what do we need to do to allow this to happen?
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