Can we attempt to view buildings (and I use this term loosely), as species within an ecosystem? As all species in nature evolved to fit a highly specific niche within a large closed loop web, could we aim to design buildings that are also species within a closed loop; where each building is not attempting to be self sufficient, but rather that it fits into a supply and demand chain which is unique to its context?
As time goes by, some such architectural 'species' (building types) will flourish and evolve into exciting, intricate, 'ideal' individual solutions. Others will prove less successful and die off. As the design community embraces this model, the man-made fabric of our world will develop a richness and diversity to rival that of nature, and with this change the boundary between the natural and built could blur into nothingness, allowing human societal needs to be fully and sustainably integrated into a refurbished world ecosystem.
Jenda Michl, 12/17/08