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Nature as inspiration

Jan Knippers
Knippers Helbig / ITKE Universität Stuttgart

Until a few years ago the paradigm for all building structures was to use as many identical components as possible and assemble them in the simplest way. Thanks to the introduction of computer-aided production processes this has fundamentally changed over the last ten years. These have created new possibilities for transferring structures from nature to building technology. Natural structures are based on the principle of self-organisation and self-repair and thus use principles that are largely unknown in building technology. A closer examination of these can result in structures that far exceed the limits of concentional typologies. In his lecture, Jan Knippers will illustrate this with various examples, such as flexible structures inspired by the motion of plants.

Lecture in German.