WIT Press


Form-optimizing Processes In Biological Structures – Self-generating Structures In Nature Based On Pneumatics

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/DN040011

Volume

73

Pages

12

Published

2004

Size

2,395 kb

Author(s)

E. Stach

Abstract

\“If architects designed a building like a body, it would have a system of bones and muscles and tendons and a brain that knows how to respond. If a building could change its posture, tighten its muscles and brace itself against the wind, its structural mass could literally be cut in half.” Guy Nordenson, Ove Arup and Partners This case study is an investigation of self-generating forms in nature based on pneumatic structures and their use in architectural theory. It focuses on the concept of self organization as a defining principle in nature and, in particular, on the mathematical, geometrical and physical properties of bubble clusters and shows examples from nature, biology and engineering. Part of the research resulted in a series of digital models and renderings of different bubble clusters and thei

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