NatureStructure: Infrastructure for Nature


As cities reckon with the impact of a changing climate and activities that have created ecological change go unabated, there will be more of a need to consider organically inclined architecture….this response, and instinct to repair, is what NatureStructure is all about.” – CURBED.COM

NatureStructure: Infrastructure for Nature is a collection of projects that represent a new generation of nature-centric design and infrastructure. Work created to nurtures and restore ecosystems and employs nature and natural processes to address the problems human development has created for itself.

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“Nature is already, in its forms and tendencies, describing its own design. Let us interrogate the great apparition, that shines so peacefully around us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


NatureStructure is infrastructure designed for nature; work created to nurture and repair ecosystems and habitats and integrate natural processes into the built environment.

The history of the built environment could be considered a battle against nature: barricading cities and coasts with sea walls, building over wetlands and green terrain, dividing migration routes with motorways. Tremendous effort has gone into the long war against the natural world.

Yet as sea levels rise and the severity of floods, droughts, and climate change increase—while species and habitats decrease—such efforts to conquer nature have proven to be futile at best and destructive acts of ego at worst.

NatureStructure represents an end to the battle against nature.

NatureStructure embraces nature as a core element of the built environment. Norwegians have a phrase for it: “Spille på lag med naturen” – “To play on the same team as nature.” The Dutch call it “Building with nature.”


Projects featured in the book include:

Living Seawalls (Fish Apartments)
Reef Design Lab

Living Seawalls (Hex Panels)
Reef Design Lab and Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)

Singapore Seawall Tiles
Dr. Lynette H. L. Loke

Floating Ecosystems
Biomatrix Water

Vlotwateringbrug (“Bat Bridge”)
NEXT architects

Tern Pontoons
Bureau Waardenburg

Bee Collective

Bee Collective

Culture Urbaine
The Cloud Collective

ARC Wildlife Crossing
Balmori Associates

Modular Artificial Reef Structure (MARS)
Reef Design Lab

Delfland Sand Engine

Bureau Waardenburg

Oyster Restoration
The Nantucket Watershed Project
Grow Oyster Reefs
Blue W Labs

Project Smartroof 2.0
City of Amsterdam, Drain Products, Permavoid Ltd

Climate Tile
Third Nature

Third Nature

Additional information

Weight8 oz
Dimensions11 × 9 × 1 in


Photos and Illustrations


Book Size

7 x 10 inches


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