21 August 2014

It’s amazing how many things are inspired by nature. Think of the famous Sagrada Familia building in Barcelona, which Gaudi designed with an understanding that there are more curved lines in the natural world than straight ones. Funnily enough, this is a principle we took on board when designing UKFast Campus, which features plenty of curves, slants and unusually shaped spaces.

octopusI recently read that a group of engineers, computing experts and biologists had come together to create a kind of camouflage sheet, which changes its colour based on its surroundings. Apparently, they were inspired by observing how octopuses achieve this, with the three layer design they have in their skin; each one doing a different job to bring about the colour change. It’s fascinating, and an example of how the things we learn from the world around us can be applied to different aspects of our lives.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learnt personally from spending time out in the countryside – climbing mountains, skiing, biking and just being – is that nature balances everything perfectly. It’s that idea of yin and yang, and I think that the more we try and strike this sense of balance at work and in our personal lives, the happier and healthier we will be.

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