This year SXSW will launch a new Conference – SXSW Eco : Solutions for a Sustainable World, October 4-6 in Austin, Texas. This year’s inaugural event will join the highly notable SXSW productions including the Music, Film and Interactive series. The intention of the new conference is to bring together experts in sustainability from all over the globe to discuss where the green movement is headed and what advancements have been made. We are excited to announce that Ed Richardson, of Clark | Richardson Architects, has been invited to serve as a panelist on a break out session titled: Nature’s Operating Manual: Solving our biggest challenges utilizing 3.8 Billion Years of proven R&D Ed Richardson and April Clark have taught design studio’s at both the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Austin centered around the topic of Biomimicry as a way to design performative architecture.
This session’s description is as follows: Scientists, researchers, architects and engineers are working hard to find technologies that will help us overcome some of the great challenges of our times. And yet, many of the solutions we seek have already been discovered. In fact, these solutions have been tested, tinkered with and deployed for millions of years – with enormous success. Biomimicry – the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems – might just be our most important tool.
The keynote speaker for the inaugural event this year will be Philippe Cousteau, Jr. There are many exciting sessions, we will update the blog with our picks closer to the event.