Why can’t I design a building like a tree?
A building that makes oxygen, fixes nitrogen, sequesters carbon, distills water, builds soil, accrues solar energy as fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates, changes colours with the seasons and self replicates.
This is using nature as a model and a mentor, not as an inconvenience. It’s a delightful prospect…’
-(McDonough and Braungart, 1998)