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19 July 2022

Episode 562

30 minutes


Photo: Mario Cucinella

Architect Mario Cucinella discusses smog-eating ceramics and his ecologically sustainable 3D-printed house. Plus: we hear how indigenous technologies could be used to improve cities by 2040 and learn about design solutions provided by the forms, processes and systems of the natural world.

19 July 2022

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Mario Cucinella

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The Milanese environmental architect discusses projects including smog-eating ceramics and his 3D-printed house.

13 minutes

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Chapter 2

6 minutes


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‘The Symbiocene’

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At ‘Our Time on Earth’, an exhibition at London’s Barbican Centre, designer and author Julia Watson explores how indigenous technologies could be used to improve urban environments by 2040.

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‘The Symbiocene’

Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Biomimicry

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How do the forms, processes and systems of the natural world provide design solutions? We find out from Jamie Miller, director of biomimicry at Toronto’s B+H Architects.

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