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Julia Watson. Lo—TEK

Design by Radical Indigenism

“Technology can be different. Technology can just use nature and the systems that nature is composed of, to do things for us like clean sewerage and provide drinking water. That’s architecture that is beautiful and emblematic of a particular place.” —Julia Watson

Lo—TEK, derived from Traditional Ecological Knowledge, is a cumulative body of multigenerational knowledge, practices, and beliefs, countering the idea that indigenous innovation is primitive and exists isolated from technology.

With a foreword by anthropologist Wade Davis and four chapters spanning Mountains, Forests, Deserts, and Wetlands, Julia Watson’s new book explores thousands of years of human wisdom and ingenuity from 20 countries including Peru, the Philippines, Tanzania, Kenya, Iran, Iraq, India, and Indonesia.