Natural Architecture by Alessandro Rocca looks at 66 site-specific installations that use nature to create architectural elements within the landscape. Ladders emerge from Japanese oak trees; steps are cut into fallen trunks. A greenhouse is made from the branches of a downed tree, while a shed is created at its roots. Willow boughs are bent to form tunnels; logs are planted into the ground and stand upright to act as a screen or put together to become a room; an organic gothic cathedral will continue to grow. The projects in this book are well illustrated and it is exciting to see such work started by nature, continued by man and then often left for nature to complete.
Paperback, 215 pages. Princeton Architectural Press, 2007. $23.10 at Amazon.