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Bio-structural Analogues in Architecture

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Many biomechanical systems in nature are relevant to architecture in the creation of form-structure-space relationships. The adoption of biomimetic approaches in an architectural studio has a number of advantages, chief of which lies in the bridging of technical concept with design strategy in architecture; and in the exploration of technical solutions relevant to the architecture concept. Central to this design approach is a form of analogical thought where biological systems are studied in both morphological and behavioral contexts to derive mechanical and structural analogues of a spatial character.

The seminar describes a number of structural prototypes derived from biological systems in understanding structural strategies which led to an intuitive understanding of force-deformation-support relationships through the use of physical modeling and load test methods.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminars series.

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