Biomimetics for Architecture & Design

Nature - Analogies - Technology

  • Göran Pohl
  • Werner Nachtigall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Göran Pohl, Werner Nachtigall
    Pages 1-8
  3. Göran Pohl, Werner Nachtigall
    Pages 9-24
  4. Göran Pohl, Werner Nachtigall
    Pages 25-52
  5. Göran Pohl, Werner Nachtigall
    Pages 53-130
  6. Göran Pohl, Werner Nachtigall
    Pages 179-312
  7. Göran Pohl, Werner Nachtigall
    Pages 313-323
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 325-337

About this book


This book provides the readers with a timely guide to the application of biomimetic principles in architecture and engineering design. As a result of a combined effort by two internationally recognized authorities, the biologist Werner Nachtigall and the architect Göran Pohl, the book describes the principles which can be used to compare nature and technology, and at the same time it presents detailed explanations and examples showing how biology can be used as a source of inspiration and “translated” in building and architectural solutions (biomimicry). Even though nature cannot be directly copied, the living world can provide architects and engineers with a wealth of analogues and inspirations for their own creative designs. But how can analysis of natural entities give rise to advanced and sustainable design? By reporting on the latest bionic design methods and using extensive artwork, the book guides readers through the field of nature-inspired architecture, offering an extraordinary resource for professional architects, engineers, designers and urban planners, as well as for university teachers, researchers and students. Natural evolution is seen throughout the book as a powerful resource that can serve architecture and design by providing innovative, optimal and sustainable solutions.



Adaptive Architecture Ant Structures Bau-Bionik Biological Role Models Biologically-inspired design Bionic Architecture Climate Control Composite and Smart Materials Evolutionary Urban Planning Nature Analogs Self-Organization in Nature

Authors and affiliations

  • Göran Pohl
    • 1
  • Werner Nachtigall
    • 2
  1. 1.StuttgartGermany
  2. 2.ScheidGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-19119-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-19120-1
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