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Image courtesy POP-UP by Third Nature (Denmark).

“NatureStructure presents a new model for the relationship design and the built environment can have with nature.”—Scott Burnham, Curator.

The built environment has historically sought to exert control over nature. Yet as the impact of floods and droughts increase and pollinator populations and natural habitats decrease, efforts to conquer nature have proven to be futile and increasingly harmful.

A different relationship between built and natural environments is needed for a healthy and sustainable future. The Norwegians have a phrase for it: “Spille på lag med naturen.”—“To play on the same team as nature.”

On May 17, 2018, BSA Space premiered NatureStructure, a global overview showcasing more than 30 architectural and design projects that work in harmony with nature to heal and restore ecosystems and make cities more resilient and sustainable

Curated by Scott Burnham, the creator of Reprogramming the City, with exhibition design and curatorial assistance by Samantha Altieri, NatureStructure features a vast array of international projects that weave built projects with nature and natural functions to enable cities and regions to function as living systems.

The works on display include the US premiere of the Delfland Sand Motor, a feat of engineering that uses coastal tides to distribute sand along the coast of the Netherlands to reverse erosion and protect against sea level rise; Pop-Up, a revolutionary parking garage by Denmark’s Third Nature that rises in the city scape as its base absorbs rainwater overflow; and 3D printed reefs and seawalls by Australia’s Reef Design Lab to repopulate Sydney Harbor sea life and counter the depletion of reefs in the world’s oceans.

Can you spot yourself or any of your friends in the opening exhibition pictures? Check out our Facebook photo gallery.

NatureStructure opening reception took place on Thursday, May 17, 2018. This special event was the first opportunity to explore the exhibition while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

NatureStructure: Behind the scenes

Take a look at the installation of the BSA Space exhibition NatureStructure and a tour with the curator, Scott Burnham. NatureStructure features projects that work in harmony with nature.