Indigenous technologies “could change the way we design cities” says environmentalist Julia Watson

In contrast to the idea that modern technology will save the day, indigenous technologies provide a brighter outlook. Indigenous technologies work symbiotically with nature. Unlike modern technologies that tend to go against nature, indigenious technologies seek to harmonize with it. In the face of growing cities and increasing environmental degradation, Julia Watson, who teaches urban design at Harvard and Columbia, put together a book called LO-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism where she compiled TEK (traditional ecological knowledge) from all over the world. Active design, applying the wealth of knowledge that developed over the millennia, to make cities symbiotic with nature.

Author Amy Frearson

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