Using Nature as Inspiration, Architects and Designers Are Building Seattle's Biofuture

Look at that bamboo out there.” Dale Alberda points out the window of NBBJ, the architecture firm where he serves as design principal. One story down in the bright-gray South Lake Union alleyway, there they are. They’re nice, leafy little fellows. Healthy, green, they seem happy where they’re at.

“There’s scientific evidence that just looking at and being near plants does something to the way you think,” Alberda says. “It enhances your ability to think.”

“Stress-inducing cortisol levels go down,” Alberda’s partner John Savo adds, hands folded in front of him.

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