August 14 – 19, 2017

Biomimetic Design and Bauhaus

Petra Gruber

 
COURSE OUTPUT

The biomimetic design workshop investigated bird’s nests impressive characteristics and abstract some of their principles to implement them in architectural, structural and artistic projects. According to the Center of Biomimetics in the UK, “biomimetics is the abstraction of good design from nature”.

Thanks to the diversity within the group, in terms of countries (Azerbaijan, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, USA), fields of expertise (architecture, art, industrial design) and personalities, a wide range of projects were carried out using bird’s nests principles as a starting point. The division of the week into three major parts, Research / Experimentation / Implementation, allowed the team to understand the entire biomimetic process.

The final projects designed based on some of the bird’s nests principles show the potential of the biomimetic approach for solving our challenges due to the gigantic diversity of living species on our planet and their remarkable characteristics.

Thibaut Houette, assistant to Dr.Petra Gruber

 

Photo by Thibaut Houette


Photo by Thibaut Houette


Victoria Tomaschko © 2017


Victoria Tomaschko © 2017


Victoria Tomaschko © 2017


Victoria Tomaschko © 2017


Victoria Tomaschko © 2017


Victoria Tomaschko © 2017


Victoria Tomaschko © 2017

 
Dr. Petra Gruber is an architect with a strong interest in inter- and transdisciplinary design.
Apart from her professional work as an architect she holds a PhD in Biomimetics in Architecture from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria and collaborated as a research fellow at the Centre for Biomimetics at The University of Reading, UK. She taught Biomimetics in Energy Systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Villach, Austria and held lectures and workshops at universities worldwide. As a visiting professor for Architectural Design and Building Science she set up a master program in Advanced Architectural Design at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
Her research spans from projects for the European Space Agency on lunar base design informed by folding principles from nature to arts-based research on the translation of growth principles from nature into proto-architectural spatial solutions.
Dr. Gruber is based at the Myers school of Arts and the Department of Biology for the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center BRIC.