Armstrong convinces that all buildings that we see and use today are made using Victorian technologies. This involves blueprints, industrial manufacturing and construction using teams of workers. This process results in an inert object and that means that there is a one-way transfer of energy from the environment into homes and cities. Armstrong believes that this top-down approach is not genuinely sustainable. She explains that metabolic materials can be used for the practice of architecture as smart ‘living’ building materials.
The example that she provides in the video lecture is about preserving the historical city of Venice with protocells that “grow” into limestone, while creating ecological systems for the marine life under the city. Watch the full video at http://goo.gl/Dw4Yy.
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The transition to a low carbon economy is inevitable. If Canada is to remain globally competitive, it must accelerate the shift from a carbon intensive economy to an economy that is more diversified and recognizes the costs of natural capital.
Government cannot be expected to engineer this shift alone. The climate conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun have demonstrated that governments cannot deliver the decisive action necessary to reduce global GHG emissions. We need to develop new forms of leadership within business, civil society and academia to work with government to create the enabling environment for moving forward.
Carbon Talks provides the platform to discuss, define and manage the transition to a low-carbon economy. It creates spaces for dialogue – not debate – spaces which help people to think creatively, consider alternatives, and develop practical solutions that are viable, cost-effective and sustainable.