In some instances, architects looked to nature to solve structural problems, like creating an earthquake-proof bridge by mimicking the long roots of a type of grass known for stabilising riverbanks. Other examples show how nature provides artistic inspiration, like the famous buildings designed by Frank Gehry that evoke the beauty of moving fish. The incredible structures in this book prove that nature and architecture are perfect partners. Sidebar biographies tell us more about these famous architects who have used nature to spectacular effect in their designs.
Etta Kaner is a retired elementary school teacher and writer for both children and educators. Her children's books have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award and the Science in Society Book Award. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Carl Wiens is an award-winning illustrator and printmaker who teaches illustration at Sheridan College. His work has appeared in children's books and publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine. Carl lives in Belleville, Ontario.