Week 11 Journal 7- This week I have chosen to take a closer look at a material that poses many questions to traditional building techniques. This boundary pushing product, deigned by Lindey Cafsia, is a new form of building insulation that mimics a polar bear’s skin and fur. Known as Plyskin, this combination of biodegradable and recyclable materials meets building regulations in a way the designer says encompasses “functionality, aesthetics, and a high value of tactility.” In this day in age it seems like designers are looking increasingly toward nature to help resolve some our most complex social issues with a simple solution. This could be considered a viable method of design due to the fact that nature is considered to be a powerful creator because it has little mercy. Other benefits from mimicking nature are that the results typically do not require electricity and are less harmful to humans and the environment than ideas conceived purely by man. This introduces an interesting concept: that we should look to nature for help and inspiration to save nature (our environment). Perhaps people will think this means we should abandon all use of technology and go back to living off the Earth like our ancient ancestors, but instead I am proposing that we make more of an effort to integrate nature with technology so that they become one in the same. This way we will be able to benefit from both of these great forces instead of pitting them against each other; I believe the results may have success on a great scale that we haven’t seen before.