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© 2019 by Julia Watson. 

Designer, activist, academic, and author of Lo—TEK,
Design by Radical Indigenism

Born in Australia, Julia is leading the field in search of Lo—TEK indigenous, nature-based technologies for climate-resilient design. She teaches urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. 



The Guardian: Art and Design

Living bridges and supper from sewage: can ancient fixes save our crisis-torn world? 

The Reformers Spring 2020

TEK Report

Episode #35

Julia Watson on the Power of Indigenous Technologies to Transform Our Planet

Open Skies

Do Indigenous Communities Hold The Secrets To Modern Design?

The Plum: Juicy Women

Juicy Woman: Julia Watson

Episode #28

Julia Watson:

Lo-TEK Technologies &

Indigenous Knowledge

Design Section

These Books Move

Heaven and Earth


Ancient infrastructure, resilient future: Julia Watson’s ‘Lo-TEK’ vision for sustainable cities

Architectural Digest

7 Examples of Centuries-Old Design That Combat Climate Change


Editors’ Picks: 19 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week

Dwell Online

May Already Have the Technology to Survive a Climate Crisis—We’ve Just Been Ignoring It

UK Garden Magazine

Full Bloom Book Review

Design Week

Can designers bring tech and the natural world closer together?

Harvard GSD

The Age

When fire is a friend: Indigenous approaches

point the way

Library Journal

New Bestsellers


How to Build Extremely Sustainably


Borneo Bulletin

For innovative and sustainable design solutions, look to indigenous history

The Guardian

The case for... making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones


Architecture without architects

The Washington Post

How can we live more sustainably? Indigenous groups have some ideas.

San Francisco Chronicle

Book World: For innovative and sustainable design solutions, look to indigenous history

The Independent

In photos: A global exploration of nature-based technology

Activist Post

Shouldn’t More Environmentalists Promote Natural Tech, Not Electrosmog and E-Waste Producing Smart Cities?


The world’s oldest design techniques might be the most radical

Design Week

Ushering in the lo-TEK age: designers can learn from indigenous practice

Fast Company

What indigenous design could teach us about surviving climate change

Brisbane Times

The natural technologies that could hold keys to climate resilience

Sydney Morning Herald

The natural technologies that could hold keys to climate resilience


Book review

Design & Science

Returning to Roots


The Masai and the Uros teach us how to build 

CNN Style

How nature's ancient technologies can inform today's cities


Bali’s stunning rice terraces offer clues to sustainable water use

Frankfurt General

Only The Best From Around The World


Lo—TEK, On to ancient knowledge

Kerb 26 — Homelands

Lo—TEK, From the First to the Fourth World


The Power of Lo-TEK


Working out of the Box series

Humans and Nature

On Designing Landscapes


Poptech Social Innovation
Fellow and Speaker


Alumni Profile from University of Queensland in Australia