Bionics in Building

Werner Nachtigall
Universität des Saarlands, Germany

Mankind has always taken inspiration from nature. Bionics – the conscious observation of nature in order to gain new insights for developing and improving technical installations and systems – goes beyond this.

As a pioneer of bionic research in Germany, Werner Nachtigall will explain how living organisms build and acclimate and will link these phenomena to relevant technologies in the construction sector. It is not possible to simply copy nature; it is rather a matter of studying the extremely varied thematic structures, methods and development strategies and how they are reflected in the present-day physical-technical pool of knowledge (“technical biology”). Taking classical examples it will be shown that it is possible to abstract a principle of nature and then examine whether it can provide inspiration for contemporary building technology (“bionics”). Bionics in building neither means “back to nature” nor does it mean biomorphic building design.

Lecture in German.