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. 'Hive Minds: Distributed Intelligence in the Biomimetic Studio', Eco-Architecture IV: Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature, Kos, Greece, 5/9/2012 - 7/9/2012, in , 193, 9.
Profile of Siobhan Barry, Manchester School of Architecture
. 'Biomimetic Architecture: Ecotonic transmutations across the urban membrane', SB10: Finland - Sustainable Community Building Smart, Espoo, Finland, 22-24 September 2010.
This investigation of natural lightweight structures was conducted in an interdisciplinary cooperation of architects and engineers from Stuttgart University and biologists from Tubingen University within the Module: Bionics of Animal Constructions led by prof. Oliver Betz (biology) and Prof. James. H. Nebelsick(geosciences). During the investigation, the Elytron, a protective shell for beetles’ wings and abdomen, has proved to be a suitable role model for highly material efficient construction. The performance of these lightweight structures relies on the geometric morphology of a double layered system and the mechanical properties of the natural fiber composite. The anisotropic characteristic of this material, which consists of chitin fibers embedded in a protein matrix, allows for locally differentiated material properties.
In cooperation with the ANKA Synchrotron Radiation Facility and the Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), high resolution 3D models of various beetle elytra were extracted through micro-computed tomography. Together with SEM scans from the University of Tübingen, this enabled an analysis of the intricate internal structures of the beetle shell. The Elytra morphology is based on a double layered structure which is connected by column-like doubly curved support elements, the trabeculae. The fiber layout within a trabecula merges the upper and lower shell segments with continuous fibers. The distribution and geometric articulation of the trabecula is highly differentiated throughout the beetle shell. Through comparative studies of multiple flying beetle species the underlying structural principles could be identified and translated into design rules for structural morphologies.
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. 'Physician Heal Thyself: A Bioclimatic Solution to Community Healthcare Architecture', 44th International Making Cities Liveable Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 18-22 May 2006, in .
Robotics | An Open Access Journal from MDPI
The cases are each studied based on the type of natural analogy used, how biomimicry presents itself in the design process, and what the relationship between biomimicry and their architectural expression is.
Robotics, an international, peer-reviewed Open Access journal.
Finally, as a conclusion to the work, the definition and potential of biomimicry as a design approach in architecture is summarised, along with possible shortcomings of the approach and some speculations about the future of biomimicry in architecture.
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These older organicisms responded to technology by incorporating the idea of networks into their designs for settlements.
Unlike ekistics, which studied technological networks and responded to them through settlements which operated as a system of nature, biomimicry examines singular networks found in ecosystems and organisms in order to emulate them with technology, aiming to make architectural systems more efficient.