In their new book, authors Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer describe how designers and architects have started to copy nature, with pavilions designed to wilt into the forest after several decades, wooden structures that change shape with the weather and chairs grown from crystal.

Dune City

Dune City, a prototype in the Sahara Desert in 2008 by Ordinary Vis

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion designed by Achim Menges and Jan Knippers in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2012.


Bricktopia, an architectural vault, designed by MAP13 in Barcelona in 2013.

The Cloud

The Cloud, in Shanghai, China, designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in 2013.

Echoviren in Gualala

Echoviren in Gualala, Calif., by Smith|Allen in 2013.

BIQ House in Hamburg

BIQ House in Hamburg, Germany, made by Splitterwerk Architects and Arup in 2013.


Windswept, by Charles Sowers Studio in San Francisco in 2012.


Cloudscapes, by Tetsuo Kondo Architects and Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH in Tokyo in 2012.

GEOtube Tower designed

GEOtube Tower designed by Faulders Studio in Dubai in 2009.

Frozen Time

Frozen Time, designed by Dorell Ghotmeh Tane Architects in Basel, Switzerland, in 2013.

Original Source: The Wall Street Journal