Architecture in the City Festival | Pragmatism: Architecture in Nature
September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sublime beauty is often found in the simplest of relationships, when form doesn’t just follow function, but becomes it. Nowhere is the gap between form and function more narrow than in the architecture of animals, and for centuries humanity has sought to find solutions as pragmatic and elegant as those found in nature. Whether the tensile strength of a spider’s web or the earthen density of a termites mound, animals sculpt stunning structures using basic materials and unmatched logic. In this program we will explore not only the architecture created by animals, but the parallels that can be found in vernacular architecture around the world. These parallels shed light on paths forward and how we might understand more clearly our place in the natural world.