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Mick Pearce – Learning from termites: The Eastgate Center

September 18, 2023 @ 17:00 - 18:00 CEST

In this enlightening talk, renowned architect Mick Pearce will delve into the innovative design of The Eastgate Center in Harare, Zimbabwe, and its inspiration from the natural world. Drawing parallels between the intricate structures of termite mounds and modern architectural designs, Pearce will highlight the importance of biomimicry in sustainable building practices.

The Eastgate Center stands as a testament to the potential of nature-inspired design. Pearce will discuss how the building’s passive cooling system, modeled after the ventilation systems of termite mounds, reduces energy consumption and provides a comfortable environment for its occupants. This architectural marvel not only showcases the benefits of integrating natural systems into urban designs but also emphasizes the role of indigenous knowledge in modern architecture.

Expanding on the theme of biomimicry, Pearce will also talk about other projects, such as the Council House 2 in Melbourne. This building, like The Eastgate Center, draws inspiration from termite mounds to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability. Pearce will elaborate on the design elements that make this building a shining example of green architecture.

Pearce will underscore the importance of looking to nature for solutions to modern architectural challenges. By studying and emulating the strategies employed by organisms like termites, architects can create buildings that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally responsible.

About Mick Pearce: 

Mick Pearce is a renowned Zimbabwean architect known for his innovative approach to sustainable architecture and his commitment to environmentally-friendly building practices. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Pearce’s work is deeply influenced by the natural landscapes and ecosystems of his homeland.

Pearce gained international acclaim for his design of The Eastgate Centre in Harare, a building inspired by the natural ventilation systems found in termite mounds. This groundbreaking project showcased Pearce’s dedication to biomimicry, a design approach that seeks solutions from nature to address human challenges.

Throughout his illustrious career, Pearce has championed the integration of indigenous knowledge and traditional building techniques with modern architectural practices. His designs, which span across various countries, are a testament to the potential of blending nature with urban development.

A visionary in the field of sustainable architecture, Mick Pearce continues to inspire architects worldwide with his unique perspective on design and his unwavering commitment to creating a harmonious balance between the built environment and the natural world.


September 18, 2023
17:00 - 18:00 CEST
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Never Enough Architecture
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