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id caadria2016_197
authors Zavoleas, Yannis
year 2016
title The biological model and the bio-type: Dynamic simulation tools defining architectural components
source Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2016) / Melbourne 30 March–2 April 2016, pp. 197-206
summary Architecture has shown a recurring interest on themes of biological origin, especially since the early days of modernism. With the advent of computation, the related discourse has been enriched with new analogies, in particular when biological systems are de- scribed by algorithmic formulas and their parametric functions are in- spected with the assistance of simulation tools. An understanding of the architectural object with reference to biology offers breaking from typological preconceptions about form in favour of its operational character supporting organic behaviour, so to speak. In reflection, the present paper puts under scrutiny architectural components such as fa- c?ade, wall, window, opening, support structure and circulation viewed as topological references also in analogy to biological notions such as skin, membrane, cell, bone structure, energy flows and the nervous system. Form becomes the dynamic effect of forces; a system that manages energy trades being the primary cause of its own shape.
keywords System; parametricism; type; topology; bio-structuralism
series CAADRIA
email y.zavoleas@newastle.edu.au
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