Biomimetics for Buildings
Our technology-oriented economic world has only relatively recently discovered the functionality and esthetics of natural forms and structures. However, people of all cultures have already intuitively used the functioning principles of nature: storing water in terraced fields, using wind for the separation of chaff from the wheat, or natural climate control in living spaces in earthen houses with updraft cooling in hotter regions. In addition, most functions in nature are closely linked with a sign-emitting, physical manifestation. Success by attraction (i.e., flowers and their coloration, which lure insects by attraction for pollination) depends on these functions.