Artificial Nature

"What if the many assumptions of architecture and design, from rectilinear form to the ways that buildings and furniture function, were all subject to question and indeed to profound renewal? If nature is capable of generating an endless variety of objects that have a fundamental legitimacy beyond any conceivable question, might architecture, the art of creating the built environment, not also be able to attain a similar legitimacy by reading context and function in new ways, by willfully creating voids as well as solids, by doubting the primacy of the right angle, itself very rare in nature? Would this be the artificial nature that many architects and thinkers have imagined?"

— Philip Jodidio in an introduction to the work of Zaha Hadid