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"IT’S ALL ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY!"

Richard Higgin’s Permaculture Farm

Time: 2013 January/ Location: London

LEARNING FROM NATURE THROUGH THE HOLE

Time: 2012 August/ Brighton University , Ma Sustainable Design

This project  aims to bring people back to nature and to reconnect people with nature. It is based on Biomimicry which draws heavily on what we can learn from nature. Learning form nature is important as nature has solved many problems we have been struggling with and, more importantly, it knows how to work and how to last in our planet (Benyus , 2002, p.3). 

The book, Learning from nature through the hole, is designed based on my own research about nature focusing on five species which are normally in our backyard ( plants, bees, spiders, snails and ants) ,and the four steps to a biomimetic future, mentioned in Banyu’s book: Quieting, Listening, Echoing and Stewarding. Bringing children to the backyard is the first step, Quieting, and each part of the book implies some complicated ideas and reflects the other three steps of Listening, Echoing and Stewarding. In the beginning of the book, telling children the history of nature reflects the main idea of biomimicry that we should learn from nature’s brilliant ideas which have been evaluated for 3.8 billion years. Then, five species from the garden follow, which give children the possibility of listening to nature and then echo it in our lives. Each species communicate a different idea of biomimicry, including learning from leaves to use sunlight, learning from bees to build sparingly, learning from spiders to produce materials without damaging the environment, learning from snails use energy efficiently and learning from ants to have a sustainable community. The examples make children start to think what the difference is between the human world and natural world and what we can learn from nature. It reflects the steps of listening and echoing in nature. Finally, it shows one important thought about biomimicry in that we are simply a species among species to enable children to respect nature, which reflects the final step, Stewarding. It is a book that makes children start to learn from nature enabling children learn about sustainability spontaneously in their daily lives.

Biomimicry would not only bring us a change of technology; by listening to nature and echoing it in our lives, it would bring us "a change of heart" to learn from nature. This project  only shows several examples evaluating biomimicry in our backyard garden; however, nature is a massive subject; it is an endless activity to learn from nature. Thus, this project can be seen as the beginning to help people, especially children, to start learning from nature. After reading the book, we might be influenced by our own experience instead of relying on books. It attempts to makes people learn spontaneously about sustainability in our daily life. As Benyus (2002) mentions, “we are a young species, still trying to find our way”. Only if we keep learning from nature will we have more ideas to help us have a more sustainable future.

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The Homeless Project

Time: 2012 January / Brighton University, MA sustainable design

Homeless people apparently exist in many cities and it reflect the gap between the rich and the pool. Could there possible be a system or product that can help poverty living in urban city to improve their living stander ? Apart from doing the research for writing and online information, during this project, I have done several face-to-face communication in Taipei, Taiwan, my home country, with social workers and homeless people which help me to realize the current situation about homeless and to understand the real world. The truth is no matter how the conventional approach- charity, is expanded ,it simply create dependence; therefore, we have to consider how to live with them in our city, which is not ours alone. As result of, the fresh bag is produced in this project. It is a possibility which would not only helps street people live but also make a better city environment in Taipei city.

I believe that a more sustainable city 

is a more shared future in our city,not ours alone ”              

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SUSTAINABLE FARMING FORMULA:

0=100, sun+water+wind= ∞, 1+1 > 2, think of r2
Time: 2012 March/ Brighton University, MA Sustainable Design

By applying Cradle to Cradle philosophy on farming , the project aims to raise new possibilities for sustainable farming,. Cradle to Cradle can be seen as an approach for industry to remake things. It mimic nature model in which system the waste equals food, using renewable energy, and celebrating diversity (0=100, sun+water+wind= ∞, 1+1 > 2 ). As to the sustainable farming formula which I produce in this project, enhance the importance of thinking about locality for farming (think of πr2 ). Each formula provide several new possibilities. For instance, in the formula ” sun+ water+ wind= ∞ ” I provide an illustration to suggest that the farm can have partnership with electronic company to provide space for solar panel or wind generators to benefit both aspect and the whole environment. The formula is designed as a poster which can be posted around farms to make farmers get new information.  

SUSTAINABLE FARMING FORMULA:

0=100, sun+water+wind= ∞, 1+1 > 2, think of r2

Time: 2012 March/ Brighton University, MA Sustainable Design

By applying Cradle to Cradle philosophy on farming , the project aims to raise new possibilities for sustainable farming,. Cradle to Cradle can be seen as an approach for industry to remake things. It mimic nature model in which system the waste equals food, using renewable energy, and celebrating diversity (0=100, sun+water+wind= ∞, 1+1 > 2 ). As to the sustainable farming formula which I produce in this project, enhance the importance of thinking about locality for farming (think of πr2 ). Each formula provide several new possibilities. For instance, in the formula ” sun+ water+ wind= ∞ ” I provide an illustration to suggest that the farm can have partnership with electronic company to provide space for solar panel or wind generators to benefit both aspect and the whole environment. The formula is designed as a poster which can be posted around farms to make farmers get new information.  

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Combining The Culture of Yingee Ceramics with Local Environment

Time: 2009 / The graduated project from Fu Jen Catholic University, Landscape Design

The point of this project is using the wetland system to enable this area to be more sustainable. In the meanwhile, we make the wetland system to become a educated place. People can learn about  how much non-clean water they produce everyday and also how long time nature can purify it. It would stimulate people do more green things in their daily life.  

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REGENERATE : Mining Industry Space Revive 

Time: 2008 / Student Design from Fu Jen University , Landscape Design

This project aims to rebuild the place to express the life of mining industry in Jioufen. Rather than create a whole new building on this place,we keep the ruin and give them  new life making it to be a display space, a experience space or a theater. To be more important, we keep part of the area natural, as not only the culture present the place but also nature present the spirit of it which is normally be ignored.

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Landscape design of Shilin MRT Station

Time: 2008 / Student Design form Fu Jen University , Landscape Design

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Landscape Architecture Design

Time: 2009-2011/ Professional Design at Whagu Landscape Engineering CO., LTD

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