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How can biology inform architects?

Julian Vincent

Julian Vincent is a biologist who spent the last eight years of his university career as a professor of mechanical engineering. His 300+ publications cover biomechanics of animals and plants (mostly materials), texture of food, smart materials, techniques of TRIZ, and more. In his retirement he is collecting consultancies and professorships and continues lecturing and writing and doing a few experiments. His ambition is to make biomimetics the new engineering and to play his banjo in Carnegie Hall. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Design Innovation for the Built Environment : Research by design and the renovation of practice

Routledge, 2012

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Further Reading: The Seminal Books of the Nineties

Sim Van der Ryn

Sim Van der Ryn is the president of EcoDesign Collaborative, a Northern California firm known for its pioneering work in integral design. For over 30 years he taught architecture and design at the University of California, Berkeley, inspiring a new generation to create buildings and communities that are sensitive to place, climate, and the flow of human interactions. As California State Architect in the seventies he was responsible for designing and building the first series of groundbreaking energy efficient, people-friendly, climate responsive government buildings. He is the author of six groundbreaking books about planning and design, which have helped inspire architects to see the myriad ways they can apply physical and social ecology to architecture and environmental design. Van der Ryn lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Culture, Architecture and Nature : An Ecological Design Retrospective

Routledge, 2014

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What nature?

Richard Coyne

Richard Coyne is Professor of Architectural Computing at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the University of Edinburgh, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Network Nature : The Place of Nature in the Digital Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...I have already referred to those digital technologies with which many readers are no doubt familiar, such as networked and ubiquitous smartphones, tablets...

Biohacking

Richard Coyne

Richard Coyne is Professor of Architectural Computing at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the University of Edinburgh, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Network Nature : The Place of Nature in the Digital Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Biohacking is simply amateur biological science conducted in a modest, low-cost environment, but by deploying sophisticated data and equipment formerly within the reach only of large companies and research institutes. Biohacking...

Introduction: Natural Digital

Richard Coyne

Richard Coyne is Professor of Architectural Computing at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the University of Edinburgh, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Network Nature : The Place of Nature in the Digital Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Digital technology comes off second best when compared with nature. The target of my study is the intriguing relationship between advanced digital technologies and what many choose to contrast it with –...

Play Turtle, Do It Yourself. Flocks, swarms, schools, and the architectural-political imaginary

Manuel Shvartzberg

Manuel Shvartzberg is an architect and researcher. He is currently based in New York City where he is a Researcher at The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, GSAPP and a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, both at Columbia University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Politics of Parametricism : Digital Technologies in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...© Craig W. Reynolds.“It’s been found that a few simple rules can regulate very complex behavior. There’s a classic computer model for flocking birds, for instance, which only has three rules—keep an equal distance from everyone around...