Architecture Defined by Natural Patterns
2010 – 2013
Research project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in frame of PEEK 2009
This arts-based research project sought to discover the New Ornament (a concept derived from Adolf Loos’s seminal text Ornament and Crime) through means of emerging design practices based on digital techniques and Biomimetics [Bionik].
In the project, Biomimetics is strategically used to probe models, systems, processes and elements that exist in nature to inform new design principles. Research investigated static and dynamic patterns (growth principles, movement patterns, adaptation and differentiation as key for the emergence of patterns, etc.) found in nature and interconnects the scientific evidence with creative design in the field of architecture. Processes for designing and producing architecture in the New Ornament style are developed using algorithmic programming and code.
Research Institution University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria, Prof. Greg Lynn
LIQUIFER team Barbara Imhof, Waltraut Hoheneder
Core Team Petra Gruber, transarch, Vienna, Clemens Grünberger, Vienna
Collaborators Centre for Biomimetics, Reading – United Kingdom / Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) – Malaysia / Institute of Applied Physics, University of Technology – Vienna
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