Buildings as organisms. This thought occurred to me while visiting Sainte-Chapelle, where they are repairing and replacing the glass, lead, and statuary.
Just like an organism, there are iterations of building (painting, and so on), which retain or enhance the building’s form.
Alternately, you could think of buildings as part of an ‘extended phenotype’ of organisms (us).
Either way, they participate in processes similar to organisms.