Paul is the director and founder of award-winning architecture firm, Paul Barnett Design Group, the leading edge in environmental sustainability and design. Amongst other things, Paul collaborates with a range of specialists to create Nature Playspaces in schools and public landscapes.
Paul has been working on the concept of ‘Living Pods’ and ‘Naturescapes’ as a means to creating habitats that sustain us at any age in our lives.
For Paul, Designing the future means ‘being aware of our innate connection to each other and the Earth.’
It means taking an active role in designing systems and environments that are sustainable and in harmony with nature so that we can prosper in our communities and across the globe, for decades and centuries to come.
It’s creating a legacy for our future generations.
It’s reclaiming the city and suburbs as Urban Villages that support all socio-economic groups amongst a biodiverse landscape that enhances local food production and biodiversity in our urban and suburban areas.
What can our TEDx Canberra audience expect to hear?
The way forward for suburban housing diversity, sustainably and affordably.
Creation of micro villages on suburban sites. How Naturescapes can bring increased biodiversity and food production to residential areas.
How new technologies in sustainable power creation and storage and development in electric transport can help our urban areas reclaim roads and parking for use as living and food production.
The future of energy and sustainability in design.
What are you most looking forward to sharing at our Designing The Future Salon event?
I’m very excited to share PBDG’s working concept of sustainable design in Micro-villages and Living Pods and how to bring life back to the land with Naturescapes: Natural water harvested landscapes.
Why is Canberra great, do you think, for Designing The Future?
Canberra is a wonderful city to discuss concepts surrounding Designing the Future because we have access to space, research and resources.
Canberra has the potential to be at the forefront of sustainable design concepts that could be adopted across Australia.
Here we can trial projects and prototypes, and determine their viability for the bigger cities and rural communities.
Want to continue the conversation? Join us Sat, 3 June 2017 to hear Paul and other great speakers at the Shine Dome. Tickets available here.
Article by Helen Roe.