Nature is a resource for knowledge, not just raw materials

Doug Paige is an industrial designer with a concentration in biomimicry at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Lukas Kronawitter is an architect and urban designer from Berlin. Together they are working to design one of the least sexy objects in the urban landscape, the bulkhead. Bulkheads hold land back at the edge of waterways, and the traditional metal barrier destroys the ecosystem for natural regenerative life. Their challenge is to create a new system that will allow for waterways to regenerate fish and plant populations, naturally clean water, provide recreational and industrial usability. In this video Doug and Lukas share their process on the way to a solution for the most ecologically healthy, mixed used waterways the world has ever seen.

About the speaker

Lukas Kronawitter is an architect and urban designer based in Berlin, Germany. His current work focuses on interpreting ecosystem dynamics to develop processes and innovation for more efficient, responsive, and adaptable urban environments. Lukas has worked on sustainable water management concepts for cities in Asia, Europe, and North America, most notably the Tianjin Ecocity, the Chaohu Lake City in China. At the Berlin Research Society for Energy and Environmental Technology (Forschungsgesellschaft fuer Energie und Umwelt Technologie) Lukas conducted environmental impact assessments for renewable energy infrastructure across Germany. At the Technical University of Munich, Lukas was awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his work on life cycle management of building materials and construction processes. Lukas has also taught adjunct at the Technical University of Berlin and the North China University of Technology. He worked with Terreform ONE in New York and in Berlin where Lukas launched the Global Programs with Terreform ONE and CIEE (the Council on International Education Exchange).

Lukas is visiting CIA for a collaborative project with Industrial Design Professor Doug Paige to develop new models for a sustainable Cuyahoga River as part of Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion: Waterways to Waterways Edition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the June 1969 Cuyahoga River fire and the environmental movement it inspired. Creative Fusion: Waterways to Waterways will bring together a group of six international and six local artists to focus on projects that connect regenerative efforts for the Cuyahoga River to waterways around the world. Lukas’ visit to CIA is made possible by funding from the Cleveland Foundation.

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