Biomimetic Envelopes

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Ilaria Mazzoleni (2010)
  • Publisher: University of L'Aquila
  • Journal: Disegnare con (issn: 1828-5961)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.6092/issn.1828-5961/1944
  • Subject: Architecture | NA1-9428 | Architectural drawing and design | NA2695-2793

How to translate the lessons learned from the analysis and observation of the animal world is the design learning experience presented in this article. Skin is a complex and incredibly sophisticated organ that performs various functions, including protection, sensation and heat and water regulation. In a similar way building envelopes serve multiple roles, as they are the interface between the building inhabitants and environmental elements. The resulting architectural building envelopes proto-architectural research and design projects here presented, inspired by the study of animal skins, perform and respond; they take into consideration various dynamic local environmental conditions, enhancing and supporting them rather than exploiting them, creating a more sustainable way of building and living.
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