As we come to terms with the fact that our life-spans progressively reach over a 100 years old, the conclusion that we need to find ways to work for the planet, rather than against it, is dawning.
Also, people increasingly recognise the effects of their consumerism, and are looking for ways to reduce their footprint.
In reaction, we feel the need to "optimize" our lives. To be the most effective and the most efficient we can possibly be, in order to live a happier and healthier life.
While aspiring continual improvement, people seek to enhance every single element; including choosing the best and cleanest energy sources.
As a reaction, a new wave of creatives have been rethinking and examining energy sources, manifesting itself in product design, intelligent buildings and material experiments.
These new technologies resonate with the affluent consumer, seeking natural solutions that will positively provide our future.
Examples of architects and brands drawing inspiration from the natural world to create advanced products below.
Challenging people to rethink all the space they use, "The Antivilla" offers a new view on sustainable living. The repurposed building relies entirely on heat released from the sauna below being trapped by PVC curtains, which act as the building’s interior walls and divide the living space into temperature zones.
All rooms vary in warmth, depending on their proximity to the heart of the house. Also they are affected by the external temperature, meaning that in the winter only the central multifunctional space remains habitable.
In the Eyes of the Animal
UK's Grizedale Forest invited visitors to view the environment through 360-degree drone footage and computed tomography. This way, guests get a hyper-real sense and perspective of how its mammals, birds and insects view its surroundings.
To aid further immersion, 360-degree recorded sound and a SubPac audio device enabled visitors to feel vibrations in their bones and muscles.
‘The ultimate goal was to create an understanding of how these animals process optical information to give people a chance to reflect on their own visual perception of the forest,’ said its creators.
Dutch designer Jorien Wiltenburg gathers and repurposes metals found in everyday objects.
World's first solar charger that can be placed inside your note or planner. It is a paper thin and ultra light weight solar charger.