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Nature is a source of wonder

Architect Michael Pawlyn and Head of Built Environment Wendy Weber stood smiling

Recently, Pembrokeshire College had the privilege of hosting the esteemed British Architect Michael Pawlyn. Renowned for his influential work in biomimetic architecture and innovation, Pawlyn graciously shared profound insights into sustainable architectural design with the College Community.

Having played a pivotal role in the ‘Architects Declare’ movement in the UK, and making significant contributions to The Eden project, Michael Pawlyn stands as a luminary in the field.

Preceding his visit, Pawlyn addressed his audience by saying: “You can look at nature as an amazing source book.”

The Sahara Forest Project, a testament to Pawlyn’s dedication to addressing global challenges through biomimicry, seamlessly integrates saltwater-cooled greenhouses, concentrated solar power (CSP), and desert revegetation technologies. This comprehensive approach not only ensures the provision of fresh water but also contributes to land regeneration, carbon sequestration in soils, nutrient cycle closure, and the creation of employment opportunities.

Michael Pawlyn’s visit to Pembrokeshire College was a transformative experience for learners with a keen interest in architecture, sustainability, and innovative design. The College extends its gratitude to Mr Pawlyn, whose expertise undoubtedly left a mark on the academic community.

Wendy Weber, Head of The Built Environment faculty said, “We were delighted to be able to welcome Michael Pawyln, British Architect to the Merlin Theatre at Pembrokeshire College last week to speak to staff and learners on our built environment and A level programmes about the importance of biomimicry and regenerative design. He gave some fascinating examples of how we can take clever adaptations from nature such as wood-wasps and bombardier beetles to find solutions to basic construction problems.

“An audience of around 200 heard how he believes that “cities could help stop climate change by imitating natural processes that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

“The presentation generated some lively discussion and questions from the audience in the Q & A session focussed on the use of sustainable building materials and how current building materials can be sustainably disposed of in the future.”

Michael Pawlyn’s visit to Pembrokeshire College was a momentous occasion that left an impact on both the academic community and aspiring architects. His insights into biomimetic architecture and regenerative design provided a refreshing perspective on addressing global challenges, particularly in the realm of sustainability.

To find out more about the Built Environment courses at Pembrokeshire College please visit: www.pembrokeshire.ac.uk

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