Inspiration from the natural world

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Inspiration from the natural world has been an important force in humanity’s design history.
Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier all employed biological analogies.
Generally the connection was fairly superficial, although Wright spoke of adaptability and several
other core ecological concepts. In other fields Aldo Leopold, in the early twentieth century was a proponent of inter-disciplinary ecological design and author of the Land Ethic. He wrote,
“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to see
it with love and respect
There is no other way for land to survive the impact of
mechanized man, nor for us to reap from it the esthetic harvest it is capable,
under science, of contributing to culture.

That land is a community is the basic
concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension
of ethics.” (Leopold, 1949, p. viii)

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