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Biomimetic Research for Architecture and Building Construction

Biological Design and Integrative Structures

  • Jan Knippers
  • Klaus G. Nickel
  • Thomas Speck

Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jan Knippers, Thomas Speck, Klaus G. Nickel
    Pages 1-5
  3. Wilhelm Barthlott, M. Daud Rafiqpoor, Walter R. Erdelen
    Pages 11-55
  4. Lukas Eurich, Rena Schott, Arndt Wagner, Anita Roth-Nebelsick, Wolfgang Ehlers
    Pages 97-108
  5. Katharina Klang, Georg Bauer, Nicu Toader, Christoph Lauer, Kathrin Termin, Stefanie Schmier et al.
    Pages 109-133
  6. Simon Poppinga, Axel Körner, Renate Sachse, Larissa Born, Anna Westermeier, Linnea Hesse et al.
    Pages 169-193
  7. Larissa Born, Florian A. Jonas, Katharina Bunk, Tom Masselter, Thomas Speck, Jan Knippers et al.
    Pages 195-215
  8. Tobias B. Grun, Layla Koohi Fayegh Dehkordi, Tobias Schwinn, Daniel Sonntag, Malte von Scheven, Manfred Bischoff et al.
    Pages 217-242
  9. James H. Nebelsick, Christoph Allgaier, Benjamin Felbrich, Daniel Coupek, Renate Reiter, Günter Reiter et al.
    Pages 243-260
  10. Pouyan Asgharzadeh, Bugra Özdemir, Stefanie J. Müller, Oliver Röhrle, Ralf Reski
    Pages 261-275
  11. Stefanie Schmier, Christoph Lauer, Immanuel Schäfer, Katharina Klang, Georg Bauer, Marc Thielen et al.
    Pages 277-294
  12. Long Nguyen, Daniel Lang, Nico van Gessel, Anna K. Beike, Achim Menges, Ralf Reski et al.
    Pages 295-318
  13. Daniel Coupek, Daria Kovaleva, Hans Christof, Karl-Heinz Wurst, Alexander Verl, Werner Sobek et al.
    Pages 319-339
  14. Debdas Paul, Layla Koohi Fayegh Dehkordi, Malte von Scheven, Manfred Bischoff, Nicole Radde
    Pages 341-360
  15. Rafael Horn, Johannes Gantner, Ludmila Widmer, Klaus Peter Sedlbauer, Olga Speck
    Pages 361-377

About this book


This book comprises a first survey of the Collaborative Research Center SFB-TRR 141 ‘Biological Design and Integrative Structures – Analysis, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture’, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft since October 2014. The SFB-TRR 141 provides a collaborative framework for architects and engineers from the University of Stuttgart, biologists and physicists from the University of Freiburg and geoscientists and evolutionary biologists from the University of Tübingen. The programm is conceptualized as a dialogue between the disciplines and is based on the belief that that biomimetic research has the potential to lead everyone involved to new findings far beyond his individual reach. During the last few decades, computational methods have been introduced into all fields of science and technology. In architecture, they enable the geometric differentiation of building components and allow the fabrication of porous or fibre-based materials with locally adjusted physical and chemical properties. Recent developments in simulation technologies focus on multi-scale models and the interplay of mechanical phenomena at various hierarchical levels. In the natural sciences, a multitude of quantitative methods covering diverse hierarchical levels have been introduced. These advances in computational methods have opened a new era in biomimetics: local differentiation at various scales, the main feature of natural constructions, can for the first time not only be analysed, but to a certain extent also be transferred to building construction. Computational methodologies enable the direct exchange of information between fields of science that, until now, have been widely separated. As a result they lead to a new approach to biomimetic research, which, hopefully, contributes to a more sustainable development in architecture and building construction. 


Architecture Biologically-inspired design Biomimetics Building construction Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Knippers
    • 1
  • Klaus G. Nickel
    • 2
  • Thomas Speck
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst. of Building StructuresUniversity of Stuttgart Inst. of Building StructuresStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Angewandte MineralogieUniversität Tübingen Angewandte MineralogieTübingenGermany
  3. 3.Botanischer Garten der Uni. FreiburgFreiburgGermany

About the editors

Jan Knippers (corresponding editor), University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany 

Klaus G. Nickel, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

Thomas Speck, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biomimetic Research for Architecture and Building Construction
  • Book Subtitle Biological Design and Integrative Structures
  • Editors Jan Knippers
    Klaus G. Nickel
    Thomas Speck
  • Series Title Biologically-Inspired Systems
  • Series Abbreviated Title Biologically-Inspired Syst.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-46372-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83504-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-46374-2
  • Series ISSN 2211-0593
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-0607
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 408
  • Number of Illustrations 82 b/w illustrations, 115 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Life Sciences, general
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