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The large nests of the sociable weaver, which house up to 500 individuals, are remarkable for their elaborate system of thermoregulation—while the central chambers retain heat, the outer chambers maintain lower temperatures. What lessons can the animal world teach us about techniques of sustainability?
The Fibonacci spiral has been used for centuries as a means of connecting with the divine and for aesthetic reasons. But is the so-called golden ratio just a fascinating way to achieve pleasing designs or does it actually contribute to making buildings more sustainable?
The COVID-19 crisis has forced us to rethink the spaces we inhabit and sustainability seems to be the key ingredient for the future of housing. As the ultimate expression of this trend, passive houses use recyclable materials and optimise energy expenditure without sacrificing comfort, design or safety.