Submitted by: Martin Murungi

Program: Architecture

Division: Arts and Humanities

I study how our natural and built environments tend to compete over ownership of available spaces. I took this image of a floor when my graduate class visited The Ford Residence in Aurora, Illinois built in 1948. The home owner decided not to cut the intruding root, but instead they let it grow and freely encroach into the house. This situation demonstrates not only this eternal conflict of natural versus built environments, but also how it can sometimes be okay to allow these to co-exist and even compete without external (human) interference.