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Case study: Eastgate Building

Read this article to learn abut the The Eastgate Building in Harare, Zimbabwe.
An image of the The pink-hued Eastgate Centre, in Harare Zimbabwe, with its distinctive chimneys and pink hued facade, surrounded by other buildings.
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The Eastgate Building in Harare, Zimbabwe is a striking development born from diverse thought. African architect Mick Pearce drew inspiration for the Eastgate Building’s design from studying the construction skills of a termite, one of nature’s most accomplished builders.

An interesting fact – when you consider the size ratio between the building and the builder, termites actually build Earth’s tallest structures! It’s even more fascinating to learn that their structures are also designed to maintain a constant temperature on the inside. Mick Pearce saw an opportunity when designing the building to embrace cross-organism innovation by learning from things unfamiliar to us. Read the article below to learn more (1).

This is an example of how committing to diversity of thought can increase opportunities for innovation.

Did this example spark any ideas for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below and take a moment to respond to others.


  1. Jill Fehrenbacher, 2012. BIOMIMETIC ARCHITECTURE: Green building in Zimbabwe modelled after termite mounds, Inhabitat.

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