Architecture Follows Nature-Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design

1st Edition

Ilaria Mazzoleni

CRC Press
Published March 21, 2013
Reference - 264 Pages - 511 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781466506077 - CAT# K14605
Series: Biomimetics Series


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  • Introduces a new methodology to the practice of architecture, integrating and harmonizing buildings with their environment
  • Explains fundamental biological concepts that can be applied to architecture
  • Takes biomimicry beyond imitating morphological aspects of biology to incorporating functional aspects into architectural design
  • Investigates four functions of skin—communication, thermoregulation, water balance, and protection— and how they can translate into design concepts
  • Presents biomimetic applications within conceptual-stage case studies to inspire design and experimentation
  • Includes more than 500 full-color illustrations and photographs


Applying Properties of Animals Skins to Inspire Architectural Envelopes

Biology influences design projects in many ways; the related discipline is known as biomimetics or biomimicry. Using the animal kingdom as a source of inspiration, Ilaria Mazzoleni seeks to instill a shift in thinking about the application of biological principles to design and architecture. She focuses on the analysis of how organisms have adapted to different environments and translates the learned principles into the built environment. To illustrate the methodology, Mazzoleni draws inspiration from the diversity of animal coverings, referred to broadly as skin, and applies them to the design of building envelopes through a series of twelve case studies.

Skin is a complex organ that performs a multitude of functions; namely, it serves as a link between the body and the environment. Similarly, building envelopes act as interfaces between their inhabitants and external elements. The resulting architectural designs illustrate an integrative methodology that allows architecture to follow nature.

"Ilaria Mazzoleni, in collaboration with biologist Shauna Price, has developed a profound methodology for architectural and design incentives that anticipates and proposes novel ways to explore undiscovered biological inspirations for various audiences."
—Yoseph Bar-Cohen

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