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Thu, Jul 5, 2018

Finding nature-inspired solutions for energy use design challenges in engineering and architecture

A previous blog entry addressed the human role in containing entropy. This post examines real-world examples of addressing design challenges in engineering and architecture. Unfortunately, many engineering solutions to both past and current architectural and industrial design challenges have relied on abundant and cheap energy for their effectiveness. When energy is cheap and plentiful, using […]

EnergySource by Peter Dean

Energy Transitions Technology & Innovation

Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Finding climate solutions in nature

Natural laws, like the laws of thermodynamics, govern us all, and we ignore them at our peril. Nowhere is this more consequential, at the moment, than in dealing with climate change. Energy, in any form, is subject to the laws of thermodynamics. The First Law of Thermodynamics says energy cannot be created nor destroyed and […]

EnergySource by Peter Dean

Energy Transitions Technology & Innovation

Full Bio

Peter Dean is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center.

Mr. Dean is on the faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he has taught for eighteen years. He currently serves on the long-range master planning committee for RISD. He is the founder of the Nature-Culture Sustainability Studies Concentration, a twenty-one credit minor devoted to the notion that these three topics are the three legs of a three-legged stool. Without addressing all three simultaneously, any effort in any one area will ultimately fail.

He is the cofounder of The Biennial Design Science Symposium at RISD, a partnership between the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at RISD and the Synergetics Collaborative. This conference brings designers devoted to the work of R. Buckminster Fuller together from around the world to share their work and research with each other and with students. He is also a cofounder of the Global Sustainability Fellows Program, an initiative of the Sustainability Laboratory in New York. This program is a partnership between thirteen graduate schools from around the world to teach sustainability internationally and in an interdisciplinary manner.

Finally, Mr. Dean is a partner in EcoCycleDesign with Anders Nyquist from Sweden. This is a style of design that begins with addressing the five flows through the built environment: the flow of energy, air, water, material, and the flow of people. He is involved with international development projects from Colombia to Bhutan in an effort to help developing nations avoid repeating the mistakes of the developed world. An avid sailor and Olympian, Mr. Dean has other passionate interests in Comprehensive, Anticipatory Design Science, carbon reduction protocols, and Biomimetics whose design ethos can be summed up in the following admonition, “Create conditions conducive to life.”