Cubes issue 97 is out now! It celebrates design that aligns with natural systems and offers valuable lessons in how we could create better environments by thinking far beyond ourselves.
8 October, 2019
It refers to the idea of restoring semblances of nature – via green and blue – to urban areas. Of course, if done sensitively, this can have obvious positive impacts on the wellbeing of not just people, but the wider ecosystem as well.
But the very idea of restoring ‘nature’ – something we traditionally think of as being separate from human influence – by the human hand is where things get interesting.
We developed this issue with a mind to the impact (already being felt) of climate change in Asia, and the potential for plants, water and the associated biological systems to help mediate its effects.
Certainly, a greater emphasis on ecosystem thinking in city environments can have beneficial outcomes, and we have unearthed some wonderful examples of projects that show just that.
Some of the threads of investigations in this issue include:
But what do we really think of as ‘nature’? Perhaps it is too late in the scheme of human influence to even use that term with its original meaning.
What we celebrate in this issue is design efforts that find benefit in the alignment with natural systems – that offer valuable lessons in how we could create better environments (higher performing, more enjoyable, healthier and more inclusive) by thinking far beyond ourselves.
I hope you enjoy the admirable rewilding efforts of Yun Hye Hwang, the nature-based infrastructure of Turenscape and the ongoing evolution of Linghao Architects’ dematerialisation of the residential enclosure.
There’ll be plenty more critical ideas bouncing around on Saturday 12 October, when we bring Singapore’s architecture and design community together again for our Saturday Indesign event.
And don’t forget that entries to our regional INDE.Awards 2020 open soon. Next year we’ll be celebrating the best of the decade. Make a beeline for indeawards.com and make 2020 your year.
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