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Inspired by Nature - Minerals: The Building/Geology Connection

Inspired by Nature - Minerals: The Building/Geology Connection

by Alejandro Bahamon, Patricia PerezAlejandro Bahamon


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Nature has always furnished stimulating ideas for the design of architecture.

Inspired by Nature: Minerals gathers together the work of two dozen architects who have looked for solutions in the world of geology, from the models of organization offered by crystals to the inspiration of the earth’s relief, mineral voids, volcanoes, and monoliths. Among the built examples are a movie complex (Coop Himmelb(l)au), museums (Daniel Libeskind and Tadao Ando), a theater (Antoine Predock), a residence (Will Bruder), a campus (Dominique Perrault), and more, beautifully illustrated in colorful photos supplemented by plans. The visual analogies underline how architects can find elegant solutions and create new, sustainable and efficient architectonic forms by the close and understanding observation of nature.

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ISBN-13: 9780393732603
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/31/2008
Series: Inspired by Nature Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.42(w) x 7.86(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Alejandro Bahamón, an architect, photographer, and editor of architecture books, is the author of numerous publications on contemporary architecture, including Sketch Plan Build, The Magic of Tents, Treehouses, Glass Houses, Houses on the Edge, and (with Ana María Álvarez), Light Color Sound. He lives in Barcelona.

Patricia Pérez, a landscape engineer, directs the landscape architecture department at the Diputación de Barcelona and is a professor in the master of landscape architecture program at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluna.

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