In Biology the behaviors of living organisms, including humans and their Architectures, are shaped by their organizing and ordering systems. Understanding the structure of something is just as important as understanding its outward visible form, and in Nature, both are indivisibly connected. For the organism, regardless of the stage in which we find it, is not merely a metaphysical conception, not merely a bundle of disposable parts either, but an arrangement of purposeful components organized around an overall guiding principle, which makes use of time in its construction processes, so that at any particular stage of that process, any selected physical part will work seamlessly in conjunction with any other, an observation which Aristotle would call‚ “a single and indivisible principle of unity”, a principle which would appear again many centuries later in the scientific writings of Charles Darwin. But whereas Darwin studied the relationship and connections between organisms over extended periods of time, it would be the Scottish Naturalist – Mathematician D’Arcy Thompson, who would, a generation later, write about the change in geometries of those organisms as they occurred within a single lifespan. It was here, in Thompson’s writings‚ “On Growth and Form” (studies of Soap Bubble Growth, Plant Formation, Bee Cell Geometry, Sea Shell formation and the Bone Structure of Birds), that the Brooks Architecture would make its connections with the imaginative and unpredictable architectures of the biological world, some of which will be presented on this Website. This is an architecture which attempts to construct itself based on understanding of Thompson’s writings as well as upon the Architect’s own observations of the determining processes of natural organisms. These observations include the modification of geometries that organisms have used to perpetuate themselves through millions of years of existence, the improvemet of form, based on the everyday processes of incremental adjustment, the use of time to assume the variation in the spatial arrangement of their bones, stalks, and cavities.These are the same minimalist architectures which the Architect Frank Lloyd Wright has spoken of in his own writings.

In Nature you will find everything exemplified, from the blade of grass to the tree, from the tree to the geological formations, to the procession of the eras beginning with the first from the sea, to today.

Could our Architectures be formed on similar principles and use these same observations of Nature to adjust themselves to their given surroundings? Perhaps an entirely new American Culture could be arranged simply from a better understanding of the relationship between the environment and the physical arrangement of natural form. For we Americans have as yet to fashion that great Culture that the Poet Whitman and the Architect Wright talked about: the construction of human shelter from a rootstock, which is related to the land. That is the way organisms grow best and that is the way civilizations grow best from an understanding of the beautiful and spiritual mechanisms, which form Nature’s processes. Hopefully a glimpse of that understanding will be viewed within this Website.

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The Search For A Natural Architecture

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