Nature's Design Principles


photo by Evan Leeson, some rights reserved

In nature there is no distinction between form and function, between performance and beauty, between the mundane and the sublime. Nature shows these dualities to be false. Architecture, too, can be both precise and lyrical, sustainable and sensuous, Apollonian and Dionysian. I reject the notion that information-based design is somehow at odds with poetry and spirit. In nature, it is the elegant, effortless synthesis of these elements that produces richness and beauty.

Nature's solutions are achieved through evolution — through slow change over time. Contemporary architecture's focus on producing novelty — particularly visual novelty — often comes at the price of good buildings and neighborhoods. We must learn from what has worked in the past.

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