Why can’t I design a building like a tree?
A building that makes oxygen, fixes nitrogen, sequesters carbon, distils water, builds soil, accrues solar energy as fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates micro-climates, 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)