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Biomimetics in Architecture

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The purpose of investigating the overlaps between architecture and biology is neither to draw borders or make further distinctions nor to declare architecture alive, but to clarify what is currently happening in the blurred fields, and to investigate the emerging discipline of ā€¯biomimetics in architecture" [Architekturbionik]. An overview of the present state of research in the relatively young scientific field of biomimetics shows the potential of the approach. The new discipline aims at innovation by making use...

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Overview

The purpose of investigating the overlaps between architecture and biology is neither to draw borders or make further distinctions nor to declare architecture alive, but to clarify what is currently happening in the blurred fields, and to investigate the emerging discipline of ā€¯biomimetics in architecture" [Architekturbionik]. An overview of the present state of research in the relatively young scientific field of biomimetics shows the potential of the approach. The new discipline aims at innovation by making use of the subtle systems and solutions in nature having evolved within millions of years. Approaches that have been taken to transfer nature's principles to architecture have provided successful developments. The new approach presented in this book transfers the abstract concept of life onto built environment. Strategic search for life's criteria in architecture delivers a new view of architectural achievements and makes the innovative potential visible, which has not been exploited yet.
A selection of case studies illustrates the diversity of starting points: from vernacular architecture to space exploration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783709103319
  • Publisher: Ambra Verlag
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Petra Gruber is an architect with a strong interest in biology and interdisciplinary studies. She has worked in renowned architecture companies until the founding of her on venture transarch in 2008. Her work as university assistant at the Vienna University of Technology has led to extensive research in the field of biomimetics, summarised in the doctoral thesis that was the basis of this book. She is integrated in international scientific networks and currently involved in research projects, teaching, consultancy and publications in biomimetics.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Background
2.1 Architecture
2.2 Bionics [Bionik] Biomimetics
2.3 Transfer and methods
3 Classical approaches to investigate overlaps between biology and architecture
3.1 Relationship between nature and architecture
3.2 "Natural construction"
3.3 Nature's design principles
3.4 Parallels, differences and synergies between design in nature and in architecture
3.5 Biomimetics in construction and architecture
4 New approaches and application of biology's life criteria on architecture
4.1 Life, biology
4.2 Architectural interpretation of life criteria
4.3 Comments and hitherto unexplored fields
4.4 A living architecture
5 Case studies
5.1 Adaptation and evolution of traditional architecture on Nias Island
5.2 Transformation Architecture
5.3 Lunar Exploration Architecture
5.4 Biomimetic Design Proposals
6 Discussion
6.1 Transfer strategies and methods
6.2 Suggestions
7 Appendix
7.1 Literature
7.2 Figures and Photography

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