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locally attuned and responsive

: fit into and integrate with the surrounding environment

chances of survival increase as individuals become more adept at recognizing local conditions and locating and managing available resources. based on the information garnered, appropriate responses follow. the scale of local depend on the organism or system in question, and each scale has site-specific opportunities and challenges. in order to survive, each strategy must be aligned with the local conditions. in order to accomplish this, organisms must have a means both to detect information and to determine if their response to that information was appropriate. for organism that learn, the feedback loops are short. for other organisms, natural selections the feedback loop, eliminating those strategies that were ineffective.
use feedback loops
: engage in cyclic information flows to modify a reaction appropiately

feedback loops help systems to respond to changing conditions in a timely manner by providing information. with information, the organism has the opportunity to make its response, making adjustments to become more appropriate for the situation. being able to repeat a process, a loop also allows for further advancement or refinement towards a specific goal. the longer and more complex the feedback loop, the harder it is to alter a strategy and the higher the consequences of a continued inappropriate response. the shorter and simpler the feedback loop, the easier it is to make an appropriate change in behavior, and consequences that are harmful will be minor.

it is important to pick the information and work with it. you must not design your signals for yourself, but for your objective.
queen conch
strombus gigas

genus: lobatus
family: strombidae 
order: caenogastropoda
class: gastropoda
phylum: mollusca
kingdom: animalia 

the queen conch is one of the largest mollusks native to the tropical northwestern atlantic, reaching up to 35.2 cm (13.9 in) in shell lenght. the adult animal has a very large, solid and heavy shell, with knob-like spines on the shoulder, a flared thick outer lip and a characteristic pink-colored opening. inside the shell, the conch has a long extensible snout with two eyestalks that originate from its base. the tip of each eyestalk contains a large, well-developed lens eye that can be completely regenerated if amputated (self-renewal). 

the overall shell morphology is not only determined by the animal`s genes, but environmental conditions such as geographic location, food supply, tempreature and depth, and biological interactions like exposure to predators, can also affect it. for example, juvenile conchs develop heavier shells when exposed to predators compared to those not exposed to predators, when living in deeper waters, conchs develop wider and thicker shells with fewr but longer spines.

when in danger, the queen conch will abruptly turn around, giving a good kick to it`s aggressor, or it will hide in it`s shell closing it with the operculum.

    architect: daniel bermudez
  environmental consultant: arquitectura & bioclimatica
    location: bogota, colombia

the plenum space of the dropped ceiling has automated ventilation grids on the facade, that open and close depending on the inside temperature. 

leverage cyclic processes
: take advantage of phenomena that repeat themselves

cyclic processes are one of earth`s operating conditions. life has learned to take advantage of those cycles in order to increase its survival, as well as decrease unnecessary energy or material expenditure. it`s not only the abiotic cycles of the planet that can be leveraged, but also the biotic cyclic processes that life generates itself. because of the predictability of the cycles, life can evolve strategies that make the most of the repeating pattern or flow of energy, materials, information, and opportunities. 

it`s about taking advantage of those cyclic processes.

black caiman 
melanosuchus niger

genus: melanosuchus
family: alligatoride 
order: crocodilia
class: reptilia
phylum: chordata
kingdom: animalia 

the black caiman lives in the amazons, along slow-moving rivers and lakes. the females build a nest of soil and vegetation (use readily available materials and energy) at the end of the dry season. the lay up to 60 eggs that hatch in approximately 6 weeks, at the beginning of the wet season, where newly-flooded marshes provide ideal habitat for the newborns.   

alkosto villavicencio

       environmental consultant: arquitectura y bioclimatica
       location: villavicencio, colombia

the alkosto villavivencio was done using the structure of an old caja agraria warehouse (recycle materials). it takes advantage of the rains to collect over 2000 lts x m2/year. this water is then treated to make it potable.

cultivate cooperative relationship
: find value through win-win interactions

mutualisms and commensalisms are interactions between two entities in which at least one party benefits and neither suffers. many ecosystems are rich with the cooperative relationships between and among organisms. organisms successfully leverage these relationships, increasing survival by working together. cooperative relationships give the participating parties the opportunity to become or do more than they would have been able to do individually; the result of a cooperative relationship is something greater than each part is separately.

all organisms exist in an interdependent, interconnected way/web in a cooperative space. life cultivates win-win situations, where competition is rare (usually for sex).

        brown-throated/three toed sloth
bradypus variegatus

genus: bradypus
family: bradypodidae
order: pilosa
class: mammalia
phylum: chordata
kingdom: animalia 

the three-toed sloth sloth grows algae on it`s hair, changing the color of it`s hair to green-gray, helping camouflage. 

mountain tapir/woolly tapir
tapirus pinchaque

use readily available materials and energy
: build with abundant, accessible materials while harnessing freely available energy

overall nature`s resources are limited, but species have each found their own way to fulfill their basic needs with what is available. by focusing on what is abundant and accessible and leveraging their unique properties, life evolves to make due with what is around. organisms harness the most easily accessed sources of energy to carry out the basic functions of life such as moving, breathing, and reproducing. life builds its structures with locally abundant materials that are easy to access and that which is rare is seldom used or only used in trace amounts.

great green macaw 
ara ambiguus

genus: ara
family: psittacidae
order: psittaciformes
class: aves
phylum: chordata
kingdom: animalia                   


the great green macaw, also known as buffon`s macaw ot the great military macaw, is the largest parrot in their natural range with 85-90 cm (33-36 in). they make their nest in the cavities of dried trees, preferably the cuipo, which are abundant.

posada moreno house

architect: fundacion tierra viva
environmental consultant: 
location: la estrella (medellin), colombia

the moreno posada house, located in the town of la estrella, near medellion, is build on rammed earth with local earth. the colors and textures respond to it`s natural condition. this material creates exellent thermal and acustic conditions that exceed other materials. the earth, is not only abundant and accesible, but can also be recycled.