Note — Jun 20, 2021

The Politics of Biodesign

Short read on the distinction between biophilic design, biomimicry, and biodesign, and developing “a practice that enables us to reconnect with the natural systems supporting our existence, and collaborate with other biological intelligences for the survival of the collective biome.” (It’s also a nice one to pin next to the Planetary sapience piece above.)

By describing Nature as an outsider, Morton argues that we are not taking responsibility for its survival. Echoing the knowledge developed over thousands of years by First Nations people across the globe, he proposes that we should instead embrace the concept of biosphere: a place shaped by the interdependencies between all living actors of an ecosystem, and where our actions carry meaning and repercussions.