“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
Vlotwateringbrug (“Bat Bridge”)
The Cloud Collective
ARC Wildlife Crossing
Modular Artificial Reef Structure (MARS)
Reef Design Lab
Delfland Sand Engine
The Nantucket Watershed Project
Grow Oyster Reefs
Blue W Labs
Project Smartroof 2.0
City of Amsterdam, Drain Products, Permavoid Ltd