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

Born in Australia but based in New York, Julia is a leading expert in the field of Lo—TEK nature-based technologies for the built environment and 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. 

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Julia Watson has pledged to donate a percentage of profits in support of the indigenous communities in Lo—TEK, Design by Radical Indigenism, specifically: the Living Bridge Foundation in Pynursla in the East Khasi Hills of India, the Nature Iraq organization working with the the Ma'dan of the Southern Wetlands of Iraq, Give A Little Ektu Deen  Foundation in the Eastern Kolkata Wetlands of India, and BEEs working with the Tofinu fishermen of Benin.

In her studio, Julia Watson offers highly creative and conceptual, interdisciplinary thinking. With many years and a multitude of experience, she approaches design through an anthropological and ecological lens. Julia offers expert consulting and design services for ecological, indigenous landscape and urban design. Her recent book Lo—TEK, Design by Radical Indigenism is a sold out bestseller. Listen below for recent conversations.

Orbit Radio with Mike Hagan
EcoCiv Ep38 on Lo—TEK
The Slowdown Ep35 on Lo—TEK
Monocle On Design Ep454

WATSON SALEMBIER

Together as a landscape & urban design studio, Julia Watson & Marie Salembier are  exploring the rewilding of landscapes. Typically defined as restoring an ecosystem, rewilding is redefined as an untaming of urbanism towards  radical localism. Biodiversity becomes the building block of diverse, local symbioses –anthropological, zoological & horticultural.

Press

December Art Issue

September 7th, 2020

13th Anniversary Special

October 2020 Vol 14 Issue 1

October 15th

Issue 111 - Water

Special Issue: Anno 14, 2020 - One Earth: ideas for a world after Covid-19

May 14, 2020

Book Review

Nine New & Notable Books
 

Italia, Numero 464, 2020

March + April Issue 2020

Book Review

Rooted In Place
 

Issue 94 Earth

IGTV

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

The Reformers Spring 2020

TEK Report

Third Issue

Lo-TEK
 

Observations

Lo—TEK: What Cities Can Learn From Indigenous Innovation

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

Culture

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

Artnet

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

Politiken

How to Build Extremely Sustainably

Dezeen

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

ABC

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?

Curbed

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

Metalocus

Book review

Design & Science

Returning to Roots

Design

The Masai and the Uros teach us how to build 

CNN Style

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

Aperture

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

Frankfurt General

Only The Best From Around The World

2019/20

Lo—TEK, On to ancient knowledge

Kerb 26 — Homelands

Lo—TEK, From the First to the Fourth World

Essay

The Power of Lo-TEK

Archinect

Working out of the Box series

Humans and Nature

On Designing Landscapes

PopTech

Poptech Social Innovation
Fellow and Speaker

UQ

Alumni Profile from University of Queensland in Australia

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