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The Architecture of Trees

 The design of any plant has to respond to four main physical constraints: 

1) Plants have to capture sunlight and avoid shading their own leaves,

2) Plants have to support themselves structurally, 

3) Plants have to conduct water to their various tissues, and 

4) Plants must be able to reproduce effectively. (source)


Through a series of experiments with everything from wind tunnels to computer modeling, Dr. Karl Niklas has discovered that plants respond to these physical constraints with a series of mathematically predictable structures.

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2 Comments on Gurney Journey: The Architecture of Trees

  • Max Sims
    on February 22, 2022 | 09:37 Max Simssaid :
    "Not sure if this is the right place to post the question but I have searched your blog and couldn’t find an answer. Do you bring your paints as Carey on or check in when you travel?"
  • James Gurney
    on February 25, 2022 | 12:20 James Gurneysaid :
    "Max, I bring them as carry-on, because I usually paint in the waiting areas or even during the flight."
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