Rajesh Thakkar

Rajesh Thakkar

What we call dirt, mud, soil or even earth is a wonderful ecosystem of microbial and insect life that sustains all plant life and is a fundamental part of the larger natural ecosystem of the planet. It is a crucial participant in the various cycles of nature such as the water and carbon cycles, plants and dirt too have a symbiotic relationship where one cannot exist without the other. Without the plants, the dirt would be washed away to sea leaving behind barren wastelands where hardly anything would grow.

It all started about 20 years ago when climate change and renewable energy were still not popular and surely not glamorous. My curiosity to understand evolution, patterns and design in nature led to a growing exploration of its various processes. From mimicking evolution to creating artificial life, to capturing energy the way plants do, each experiment added to what was still just scientific curiosity. These meanderings one day led to a completely new dimension, that of architecture. This happened in a beautiful dense forest in Pennsylvania.