“Bouncing Ideas? What like rubber? Do they really bounce?”
Quote from my friend, when I told him the title of my blog.
My name is Carl Hastrich. I teach at OCAD University in Toronto. I was a toy designer. I love ideas.
My personal design evolution continues to bounce back and forth between the contradictions of playful chaos and disciplined structure. The more time I spend immersed in the dialogues of innovation, sustainability and creativity, the more my world view is challenged. This blog is my own play space for sharing, shaping and committing these thoughts onto “paper”.
This blog is a small window into my curious exploration of the ever changing design landscape.
About this Blog:
This blog is a new experience for me, as I begin to share these unfinished, half cooked ideas I am aware that some of the key ideas and posts are easily buried as I continue my brain purge onto the interwebs.
So… here are a couple of key ideas and posts that I want to make sure don’t get lost:
Biomimicry – it’s value, it’s vision and it’s application
I’ve spent over 6 years exploring biomimicry; as a teacher, designer, student and obsessor. Several key ideas are forming in my mind that I am realizing are critical to biomimicry:
- Biomimicry as a tool does not guarantee sustainability.
- Developing biomimicry as a strategic approach is an emerging discipline and needs a lot of work.
- Genius of Place is one of the concepts driving biomimicry towards strategic applications.
- The vision of what a biomimicry world would be, is unclear.
- In fact the visions of sustainability are unclear in general…
For anyone new to the world of biomimicry below are some critical online resources to get you started.
Michael Pawlyn – Architect and Biomimicry Pioneer
Janine Benyus – the Godmother of Biomimicry
Robert Full – Biology and Engineering collaborator