Eco-engineering: living in a materials world, nature feb 2013
From concrete to plastics, the megatonnes of stuff in the built environment are mostly manufactured and used with little thought for waste and pollution. Radical moves are afoot to refashion the urban fabric.
The four-day week: less is more Andrew Simms, guardian feb 2013
A big lesson from nature is the importance of fallow time: no ecosystem can be 100% productive all the time. Pawlyn gives staff "exploration days", when people can just go away and think. "It helps you to distinguish the things that are important from the things that are merely urgent"
The Sahara's green shoots: wired magazine june 2012
The Sahara Forest Project has a simple yet ambitious goal: to grow vegetation in the desert. As a pilot, a one-hectare plant is now being built outside Doha, Qatar, by Michael Pawlyn of Exploration Architecture, engineer Bill Watts of London design firm Max Fordham, and the Norwegian nonprofit Bellona Foundation.