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Built by Animals: Meet the creatures who inspire our homes and cities (Designed by Nature)

Built by Animals: Meet the creatures who inspire our homes and cities (Designed by Nature)

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Publication Date: May 3rd, 2022
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New title in the internationally best-selling, and Blue Peter Book Award-winning series. 

Following on from the incredible Invented by Animals, Built by Animals introduces us to the creatures who have inspired the materials and techniques that are used in the building world today.
Meet the animals behind the most amazing building tech, humorously brought to life by Yeji Yun and expertly explained by WWF educator Christiane Dorion. This book dives into theworld of biomimicry and answers questions like:

  • How can we use more solar energy to power our homes?
  • How can we grow plants in the desert?
  • How can we pump water to the top of very tall buildings?
  • How can we clean polluted rivers?

From the bee’s honeycomb shape that strengthens structures to termites’ that build their nests with natural air con, these creatures did it first! And, at the end of the book, find out who wins big at the Animal Builder Awards! Will it be the prairie dog, the peacock, the beaver, or the firefly?

Built by Animals explores this amazing STEM subject in a deceptively simple way, showing children that the future of architecture can be inspired by and be respectful of nature.

About the Author

Christiane Dorion is an award-winning author and educational consultant. She has written a number of children’s books about the natural world and has worked with WWF and other environmental organisations for over 30 years. You can visit her website at

Yeji Yun is an illustrator and artist (currently) based in Seoul, South Korea. Since graduating from Kingston University in London, she has been working with various clients from all over the world. Yeji has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the 3x3 International Illustration Show No.13 in 2016.

Praise for Built by Animals: Meet the creatures who inspire our homes and cities (Designed by Nature)

“Discover how animals have inspired architecture and help us make our cities more sustainable. Full of fun details and humorous illustration, this is the sequel to Invented by Animals, which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award.”—The Bookseller