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Biomimicry in Architecture – applying learnings from nature to delivering sustainable solutions
M. Pawlyn: Biomimicry in Architecture, 2nd ed
RIBA Publishing, 2016
Engineers have always used nature as an inspiration, but Michael Pawlyn's book is a vision that puts nature's design at the heart of sustainability. He argues that "biomimicry – design inspired by the way functional challenges have been solved in biology – is one of the best sources of solutions that will allow us to create a positive future and make the shift from the industrial age to the ecological age of humankind."
Expanding scientific knowledge allows us to observe and study nature in a way that has not been possible before and previously unimaginable digital design tools give designers new and exciting opportunities. The book describes the shift from using nature as mainly aesthetical inspiration to a source of functional solutions.
Easy to read, and covering a wide area from structural design, water management, energy, light and materials with numerous case studies, it is a fascinating book on an exciting topic and provides a good introduction to a subject that will become increasingly important in the next few years.
The book is available for borrowing from the ICE Library. You can request it online through the Library catalogue or contact us on 020 7665 2254 or [email protected].
HARMAN, J: The shark's paintbrush: biomimicry and how nature is inspiring innovation. London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2013.
HEAD, P.: Entering the ecological age: the engineer's role. 7th. Brunel International Lecture, held 9 June 2008. London: Institution of Civil Engineers, 2008.
XIA, Z.: Biomimetic principles and design of advanced engineering materials. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2016.
ICE Publishing journal Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials.