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AuthorFerwati M.S.
AuthorAlsuwaidi M.
AuthorShafaghat A.
AuthorKeyvanfar A.
Available date2020-03-18T10:47:16Z
Publication Date2019
Publication NameArchitecture, City and Environment
ISSN18877052
URIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.5821/ace.14.40.6460
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/13429
AbstractObjective The current study has aimed to develop the framework of biomimicry involvement in urban metamorphosis for sustainability. This research has engaged four objectives to achieve the aim. Objective one is to explore the rudiment interaction between human and nature through interrogating history, nature's design. Objective two is to excavate the biomimicry in emulating nature's genius. Objective three is to investigate the association between biomimicry and sustainable development, focusing on architectural features. Objective four is to develop the framework based on the biomimicry rules for human evolution and survival in the natural environment. Methodology To achieve objective one, the grounded theory method was applied for scrutinizing human development and human awareness about their natural environment. To achieve objective two, an evidence study was conducted on the biomimicry emulation of nature's genius. To achieve objective three, a critical literature review was conducted using content analysis method to identify the biomimicry focus and architectural features. Through matrix development method, the focus and architectural features were tabulated. To achieve objective four, the waterfall framework design method and case studies were conducted to plot this framework. Conclusions This research gained a better understanding of biomimicry-based on theories of the evolution of organisms, including humans in the urban context, as measurement against sustainable benchmarks. It followed the paths of ecological researcher and urban philosophers, such as Freya Mathews and Moore, by re-versioned the human relationship with nature and the surrounding environment and observing human actions and development about life principles.In particular, the research found out that biomimicry is an approach that recently becomes the focus of many researchers of different disciplines seeking a solution for human problems. The biomimicry has been merged with sustainable architecture design through specific features; included, form and function, geometry, metaphor, movement, material, pattern, proportion, sustainability, and technology. Furthermore, biomimicry is an approach that involves nature as a model, mentor, and measure for inspiration, which converges law, principles, and strategies in the context of biomimicry-based on human evolution. Originality The findings allowed architects and urban designers to enhance people's awareness of their natural environment and provide a better perception of biomimicry in the application of human world, whether founded because of base instinct or a strategic view derived from the life's principles.
SponsorThe authors would like to thank the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) for funding this research via the grant number PY/2015/04995.
Languageen
PublisherUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
SubjectArchitecture
SubjectBiomimicry
SubjectHuman instincts
SubjectSustainability
SubjectUrban metamorphosis
TitleEmploying biomimicry in Urban metamorphosis seeking for sustainability: Case studies
TypeArticle
Pagination133-162
Issue Number40
Volume Number14


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