Episode 087 – Waylon James Dsouza | Artist, Designer, Researcher, & Urban permaculturist at The Botanical Lab

Waylon James Dsouza is an artist and designer, who creates avantgarde pieces of educational art based on substantial research via various vantages. He views our world through the lens of biomimicry, and integrates learning from nature into his work.

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Listen to stories of his diverse practices from industrial design and installations to aquaponics and permaculture. His home terrace is an experimental space called The Botanical Lab, where he realizes his interest as an urban gardener.

Waylon’s multi-disciplinary explorations result in elaborate exhibits that highlight symbolic materials. They offer sustainable solutions while carrying elements of philosophy, culture, and education.

Whether it’s a rural community project, an urban planning exercise, a garden to table culinary experience, or an upcycled lighting fixture, Waylon has his pulse on the contemporary society.

You may find him planning nocturnal garden layouts, painting his next mandala, or performing with fire at an exotic location!


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Timestamps for reference
02:36 Waylon’s journey
18:10 More projects that Waylon has been working on
22:12 The Great Forgetting
23:21 More projects, especially one for Changwon
28:07 Making mandalas
29:23 Waylon’s art expressions and mediums
30:51 Using art to educate, and why history is fascinating
34:53 My Mollem
36:42 Addressing conservation in Waylon’s arts practice
37:35 Visual pollution & Sensory pollution
48:33 Understanding the term ‘pollution’ by definition
52:57 Is technology harvesting humans?
54:44 Mycelium network
57:30 Biomimicry as a lens
01:01:04 Bombay to Goa, breeding and domestication of certain animals
01:18:08 Nikhil’s journey in brief
01:24:35 Learning about trees and different species
01:28:08 Coastal ecosystems
01:31:15 Sports and recreation through a responsible lens
01:35:05 Littering, before and after, the bucket analogy
01:38:44 Upcycling our products, Limca example
01:43:15 Conservation is a first world issue, and being vegan
01:50:37 Fire as an element
01:55:40 Industrial design, fluidity of nature, and public spaces
02:00:56 Rewilding urban spaces
02:03:42 Miyawaki method of land generation
02:04:33 What Waylon saw over the years
02:07:57 Waylon’s upcoming projects


Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8
Music by Nordgroove from Fugue

Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library
Baila Mi Cumbia (Sting)
by Jimmy Fontanez Media Right Productions
Sangria by Saidbysed
Tango in Mumbai by Quincas Moreira
Verve by Benjamin Martins

All photographs by Waylon James Dsouza, & WJD Illustration, unless otherwise stated.

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