Zero = abundance is a pursuit to re-think how humans interact with nature because ultimately, our satisfaction, happiness and prosperity hinges on it. At the end of the day, the dilemma of “more” or “less” is all about the balance of available resources (which only nature can provide) and people who attempt to acquire them.
There are two keywords that become critically important in thinking about the nature-human relationship: architecture and design. Anything that we place in-between nature and humans is some kind of architecture or design, and that starts shaping how we interact with nature, once in place. Even plants and animals develop architecture and design, albeit not proactively: they design their own shape or their nests, and they architecturally develop their strategies to survive. Some form herds of a certain size; some choose specific areas/conditions to spawn or raise offspring. They do so because they are desperate to increase their odds of survival, and want to take advantage of nature whenever they can.
Today, both architecture and design has become a highly specialized area of expertise. Vast majority of us, who are non-experts, usually just receive sophisticated and refined services the professionals deliver, and do not give much thought about it. We work in an intelligent building, and use super advanced machines to perform our work. But we don’t necessarily know how the building/machines work, or what it takes to operate them.
Humans have developed much more sophisticated architecture and design. Buildings and houses have evolved tremendously, protecting our vulnerable body. Architectural systems such as agriculture, traffic, and education are everywhere, enhancing our lives. Products and services are designed using complex technologies to deliver comfort and joy, while minimizing our pain. Architecture and design has been the primary driver for humans’ exponential progress and growth.