Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature

Blaine E Brownell, Marc T Swackhamer

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Despite the ever-growing sophistication of synthetic and digital tools, it's the natural world that captures the imaginations of today's vanguard designers. By looking to nature as a teacher rather than simply as a source for raw materials, pioneers in the emerging biomimicry movement are developing design methods and materials to create intelligent buildings that emulate life itself. In Hypernatural architecture and material experts Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer present an international collection of forty-two case studies that illustrate astonishing new applications possible in this rapidly growing field, from Echoviren, a botanical pavilion that was designed to wilt into its surrounding redwood forest in Northern California, to the MIT Media Lab's Silk Pavilion, constructed by the threads of silkworms as they passed over scaffolding. Together, these projects show that by looking to nature, design can be a tool that makes our built environment more efficient, sustainable, and, most of all, livable.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPrinceton Architectural Press
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)9781616892722
StatePublished - Apr 21 2015


  • architecture
  • Biomimicry
  • biodesign
  • technology
  • science
  • innovation
  • nature
  • building
  • art
  • construction
  • engineering


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