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Special Section: Green Design
The Future is Now

Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Today’s engineers, designers, and city planners are beginning to heed Einstein’s wisdom, seeking inspiration from the mother of all architects: nature itself.

In this special issue, we find everything from cars and buildings to swimsuits and Velcro—either inspired by the wild or designed in a way to help preserve it. Even autumn’s leaves, which captivate us this time of year, have become a blueprint for a new generation of solar cells.

“The conscious emulation of life’s genius is a survival strategy for the human race, a path to a sustainable future,” says Janine Benyus, founder of the Biomimicry Institute, echoing Einstein’s sentiment. “The more our world functions like the natural world, the more likely we are to endure on this home that is ours, but not ours alone.”—The Editors

Click on the links below to this issue’s features on green design.

Inspired by Nature
Where It All Begins
Scientists look to plants and animals for innovative solutions to some of our most stubborn challenges. We show you four examples of biomimicry.

Audubon Center
Making the Grade
A landfill on the Trinity River in Dallas is revitalized as an oasis and a place of educational breakthroughs.

Building the Future
The World of Tomorrow
Cutting-edge design is revolutionizing the way we build our homes, do our jobs, teach our children, even entertain ourselves. 

Auto Guide
Charge!
The push to make cars more energy efficient and less polluting is driving the automobile industry in a whole new direction. 

Fall Foliage
In Living Color
Form and function meet each autumn in our hardwood forests. Does global warming mean the end of this amazing annual display?

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