In an area of Indonesia lives a type of pig called Babirusa that, due to evolutionary reasons, has been increasing the size of its tusks. These, after many generations, are getting bigger and more robust and curl until they touch the eyes and your forehead. In fights with other males they protect their eyes from the fangs of other animals. This happens in male specimens and the “objective” is that they can be more competitive in battle, thus attracting more females and having more offspring. If a male of the group has smaller fangs than the rest, it is likely that, if he does not die in a fight, he will end up dying without having children. However, although they are endowed by nature with more powerful horns, the lucky specimens may have less life expectancy than the rest.
The reason is that the horns of the babirusa grow without pause during their life until sometimes a moment comes when they begin to pierce the skull and kill them. Currently the species is in danger of extinction. This example, taken from Joseph Heath’s Dirty Profit, is used in the book to show us the flaw in the libertarian liberal argument that natural selection always brings good results. Let’s stay with the idea that this can teach us that the natural is not necessarily the good thing and that some solutions end up being a problem.
In this blog we will be making a compilation of problems related to design and sustainability that at some point were a solution. Because architecture is a solution as stated in the interesting architecture blog called architecture, among other solutions.