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Architecture imitates nature’s functions, forms, and parts in order to solve the problems of sus­tainability, efficiency, strength, durability and more. Nature displays its solutions to these prob­lems through endless examples, which appear everywhere on this planet. Such designs rep­resent nature’s work, which has evolved over a “3.8 billion year period.” Nature’s creations are carefully articulated in order to fit in with their context, and to optimize their need for energy and material. It is likely that the answers to most of our design questions lie amid the surrounding organic fabric.

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