Frenemies – the tug of war between technology and nature
Frenemy - noun
1. a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.
Humankind has always appreciated the convenience of technology in building design. Technology has evolved, however, from rudimentary tools to artificial intelligence, and this evolution has caused an amnesia in designers for the design of natural buildings, to the potential detriment of our physiology and spirit.
This presentation proposes a set of practical principles for designers, allowing them to move beyond biomimicry, and to reimagine the “frenemy” relationship between technology and nature. Using two case studies, we demonstrate how to combine “new school” control systems and “old school” design tactics to create resilient, resource-efficient, human-centric buildings.