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Next Meeting plus a talk on Biomimicry in Architecture

Just to confirm, we’ll be meeting at 6pm this Thursday (May 30th) at the Glen on the seafront to discuss the Kilburn Manifesto (Chapter 1) , which is freely downloadable from Soundings: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/manifesto.html.

You may also want to have a look at Stuart Hall’s article about the Manifesto: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/24/kilburn-manifesto-challenge-neoliberal-victory.

Kelvin has already contributed a post about the reading below, so please also read that if you get a chance so we can discuss those views too.

On a separate note, Michael Pawlyn from Exploration Architecture is giving at talk tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Y Tabernacl in Machynlleth on Biomimicry in Architecture

This may be interesting for any Mach people. He spoke in Aberystwyth last night and I found it quite fascinating. Although most of what he talked about seemed very high-tech solutions (which I have my doubts about for reasons that have to do with money and who controls it), certain aspects of the philosophy, such as moving towards zero waste, closed loop systems and taking inspiration from the complexity and symbiotic nature of mature ecosystems are certainly appealing ideas which I would be happy to see become more mainstream somehow, particularly in large building projects. It was a good talk accompanied by creative and engaging powerpoint (so rare these days!) so I’d recommend going if you get a chance.

‘Til Thursday!