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Nature as Construction Material

Contingency in Architecture: Temporal and Technical Ecology

Revista de la Universidad de Navarra

Invited editor: Jesus Vassallo

Considering structural systems, relational events, and temporal cycles as observed in living organisms has always been a source for human inspiration. Nature, seen as an open-ended system, offers the opportunity to learn from both its results and its processes. The construction of new paradigms inspired on nature is the common thread that weaves together the article’s main argument: nature as construction material for new models of thought and organization within the fields of architecture and the city.

by Ophelia Mantz / Rafael Beneytez

translation by Armando Rigau