On the Modern Mimesis of Nature. Networks, Tools, and Ecological Thought
Keywords: 
Nature
Architecture
Imitation
Ecological Crisis
Organicism
Issue Date: 
2018
Publisher: 
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra
ISSN: 
1138-5596
Citation: 
Pope, A. (Albert). "On the Modern Mimesis of Nature. Networks, Tools, and Ecological Thought". Ra. Revista de Arquitectura. 20, 2018, 22 - 41
Abstract
The rich relationship of architecture to nature has been gradually impoverished and narrowed down to a single mode of operation according to which the former imitates the forms of the latter. This use of nature as a repository of forms to be appropriated corresponds, one to one, with the logic of resource extraction that lies at the root of the current ecological crisis. In this essay, Pope tracks several architectural and urban responses such crisis, proposing a specific definition of the idea of organicism as a model of intervention in the natural world based on processes of functional integration.

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