ARCH 502A: Hidden Infrastructures

Limits of Nature

In architecture’s current stride toward an environmentally sustainable built future, the contemporary human-led top-down design approach is subject to exploitation and error, undermining the path to a truly sustainable future where the human environment replicates and thrives harmoniously with the natural environment as forefronted by many visionary architects such as Étienne-Louis Boullée. Such vision minimizes human involvement to designing basic guiding building elements such as frames and joists and maximizes natural material, such as crystals’ innate knowledge for the most efficient organization, growth, adaptation, and evolution schemes that have been time tested for billions of years, filling in the walls and floors of the building. By leveraging nature’s wisdom, both humans and the natural environment can strive to exist symbiotically in a coherently sustainable and evolving world.