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Exhibition Opening:
May 28, 2018
Exhibition Closing:
September 15, 2018


From the first industrialized cities to contemporary urban/suburban development and sprawl, architecture and urban design has often served as a means to exercise control over nature. Yet sea level rise, increasingly devastating and frequent natural storms, floods, droughts, and other ways climate change impacts daily urban life has shown that efforts to isolate the city from nature can be futile at best, and fatalistic acts of ego at worst.

In the spring of 2018, BSA Space will premier NatureStructure, an exhibition exploring the ways in which architects and designers are employing sustainable means for nature and natural processes to be woven into the most functional structural elements of the built environment, enabling the city to function as a living system.

Curated by Scott Burnham, the creator of Reprogramming the CityNatureStructure will introduce a new generation of nature-centric infrastructure including the “Sand Engine”, a natural tidal system that distributes sand along the Netherland’s urbanized coastline to reverse erosion and protect against sea level rise, a “bee highway” in Norway that feeds and nurtures endangered pollinators as they migrate across built-up areas, and a bridge in Geneva that uses algae to consume the CO2 of passing cars and transform it into nutrient-rich food source.

NatureStructure will present a new model for urban futures, showing how reconnecting city systems and the built environment to nature and natural processes is essential to making development resilient, sustainable, and livable for future generations.

Image: "Culture Urbaine: CO2-consuming, energy and future food producing bridge in Geneva, Switzerland. Image credit: Olivier Arandel / The Cloud Collective"