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Biomimetics for Architecture

Learning from Nature

Ed. by Knippers, Jan / Schmid, Ulrich / Speck, Thomas

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From plant branchings to technical support structures

Bunk, Katharina / Jonas, Florian A. / Born, Larissa / Hesse, Linnea / Möhl, Claudia / Gresser, Götz T. / Knippers, Jan / Speck, Thomas / Masselter, Tom


Bridges and roofs are often supported by branched steel columns. Their production is usually expensive and consumes a great deal of energy. In nature, plants manage to form similarly strong and frequently even more complex branch systems through natural growth processes. They can effortlessly withstand mechanical loads, such as their own weight, wind pressure, snow load, or the heavy weight of fruit. In order to find out about the success strategies of ramified trees and shrubs and to learn from them for architecture, we need more than a detailed look at the form of ramification and inside the plants. We also need computer models and new materials and methods for the production of branched support structures in building construction to succeed in transferring the biological concepts to technology.

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Katharina Bunk, Florian A. Jonas, Larissa Born, Linnea Hesse, Claudia Möhl, Götz T. Gresser, Jan Knippers, Thomas Speck, Tom Masselter (2019). From plant branchings to technical support structures. In Jan Knippers, Ulrich Schmid, Thomas Speck (Eds.), Biomimetics for Architecture: Learning from Nature (pp. 144–152). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783035617917-019

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783035617917

Online ISBN: 9783035617917

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