In Nature, particularly in the plant world, a species may seek to grow upwards, because of overcrowding at the base and the necessity to gather light. Humans, in the way they configure and divide up the landscape, are no different. For, as land becomes more valuable and is viewed as more precious, and as the populations which occupy that land become more numerous and crowded, the building of structures tend to grow taller and narrower in direct proportion to the overcrowding at the base. In a sense, they too, rise to seek the light.

As one examines the makeup of a plant stem, one generally finds a series of vessels constructed of long narrow cells aligned end-to-end, extending the length of the stem, forming the water-conducting, life-giving system of the plant. A vertical architecture works in a similar fashion. Vertical chases within the structure serve to carry such mundane items as water pipes, electrical conduits, heating and cooling ducts— even the vertical access systems like stairwells, elevators, and dumbwaiters. In this first architectural “stem”, it would be the use of the “pilaster” support system, and the four corner posts rising from it, as seen in The Godfrey Residence and the Shannon Center— that would lead to these new stem tower structures. These structural elements would not only provide the great stiffness of form required in earthquake country but would, simultaneously, provide the needed verticality of architectural form.”

– Walter Thomas Brooks The Evolution of an Architecture
Walter Thomas Brooks
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