BIONICS

Introduction The modeling process in bio-architecture includes the systematic investigation of natural forms and analysis of their geometrical basics. In this process we usually discover an...

By Henry Cardona Meza

Posted on September 13th, 1999 | in Architecture

Introduction

The modeling process in bio-architecture includes the systematic investigation of natural forms and analysis of their geometrical basics. In this process we usually discover an incredible precision, with which nature makes the calculations of an ideal geometry, though sometimes it is hidden from us and difficult to distinguish. But through conscious study, great sense and open soul, architect can find in such research a square of inspiration.

Here, I would like to mention some facts which explain the importance of architecture in our lives, its influence in our sensory system and subsequent in our activities. But most important, how the degree of this influence can be determined by the real connection between architecture and nature.

What is Bionics?

Investigation of natural forms and analysis of their geometrical basicsIn 1995 the American scientist Jackie Steele invented the word ‘Bionics’ to express a “symbiosis between nature and technology”. This is the original interpretation of Bionics, which derives from the terms ‘bio’ and ‘technichs’. But more than so, Jackie Steele believed in the principle of “learning from nature” (1).

This principle is commonly used by different specialised sciences like mathematics, engineering and architecture. It basically constitutes a way of exploring living systems with an analytical criterion to find the better solutions for our human needs. We can also draw attention to the fact, that Bionics “is not a scientific discipline, but a certain method ” (2), in which we should implement our fantasy with an understanding of why and how things work in nature.

Notes:

1) Dr. Reinhard Witt – Bionics: Nature’s patents, 1991, page 7-§1
2) Dr. Reinhard Witt – Bionics: Nature’s patents, 1991, page 7-§4

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