Augmented Nature is a graduate project by designers and engineers at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.
With a combined interest in finding an alternative to human centered design, Eirini Malliaraki, Duncan Carter, Mick Geerits and Arthur Gouillart propose an animal centered design approach. An approach in which success is measured in biodiversity and humans acknowledge that they're part of the animal kingdom.
The rate of extinction is about a thousand times what it used to be before humans.One species goes extinct every 5 minutes. Over the past 30 years 75% of all insects went extinct.95% of all large predatory fish that roamed the seas are now gone.It probably comes as no surprise we are living in the 6th mass extinction. The big difference with the previous five is that this one is induced by humans. Αugmented Natureis a set of robotic tools that help animals adapt to the mass extinction.The tools enhance the capacities of so called Ecosystem Engineer species to reclaim and change their own habitats.
As part of the VPRO television series De toekomstbouwers, host Wilfried de Jong interviews eight young designers with ideas and solutions for the world of tomorrow. Mick Geerits is one of the Toekomstbouwers with the workAugmented Nature.