Equipped to develop investigates styles of development and dynamics in nature with the purpose of making a brand new “living architecture” that may be utilized to architectonic designs. It examines organic strategies to spot simple ideas of development and translate them into exemplary architectonic principles and visions. The undertaking brings jointly specialists from the fields of structure, biology, paintings, mechatronics, and robotics.
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In comparing biological growth and building, no definite final state can be identified in the biological context, whereas in conventional architectural projects the completion of the building is the major goal. In biology, the major goal is a stage of maturity that is signalled by the onset of propagation. Many, especially simple, organisms continue to grow until they die. Architecture today could be less about reaching an allegedly static state than about a dynamic process, stretching the process design phase, required for the building process itself, beyond the finished state, to the operational phase and to recycling as well as demolition.
Costs? Threats? There may be many ideas floating around, but often there is no way of pinning them down for comparison or rejection. Also the ideas may be bunched together and in no particular order, and it’s difficult to see where the gaps might be. Thus lists have two main functions. First, they keep your ideas and information recorded ; second, by ordering the ideas omissions become more obvious. A list is therefore a tool that ensures that you don’t miss a good thought and gives you time to consider and compare those thoughts.
This is detailed in every subsection. Warming up experiments used to familiarize the team with the status quo are not part of this book. All experiments described vary greatly in their goal and scale, but were repeated to verify the results. More specifically, the experiments covered different levels in the process of biomimetics. The team learned how to grow slime mould and worked with the cultivation of such organisms to create specific favourable growth conditions. The observation of the growth processes together with detailed standardised documentation is essential for real laboratory work, as is to compare the outcome data and to be able to identify important parameters of growth.
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