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Introduction Chapter One. Nature: Inspiration of Man. Chapter 2 Function in Nature. Chapter 3 Space in Nature. Chapter 4 Structure in Nature. Chapter 6 Shape in Nature. Chapter 7 Snails, Clams, Cephalopods. Chapter 8 Man: His Space throughout the ages. Chapter 9. Vernacular Architecture. Chapter 10 Arches, Vaults, Domes. Chapter 11 The Modern City. Chapter 12 The Organic: Man's Natural Space. Chapter 13 Organic Architecture. Chapter 14 The Search for Space. Chapter 14 The Organic Habit. Epilogue. Bibliography.

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* Beautiful book inspires readers to design with the environment in mind * Comparative study of the engineering principles in nature and built structures outlines the fundamentals of architectural design * International examples show how architects use different locations and climates to inform specific biological forms and techniques

About the Author

Javier Senosiain is an architect and an historian. He has pursued his interest in Organic Architecture across the globe drawing parallels between Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic dome and the spider's web; between Santiago Calatrava's Cathedral of St John in NY and the roots of a tree. Where nature has inspired form, Senosiain has made a career of analyzing and applying the principles he sees in some very creative writing and architecture.


'Javier Senosiain tackles a large subject with appropriate enthusiasm. He gives an insight into the basic elements found in nature and shows how they are used in the architecture and construction of our built environment. No study of bio-architecture should begin without reference to vernacular architecture from around the world and Senosiain provides a well illustrated study of forms and structures from various climatic zones.'
EcoTech Magazine

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