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Collaborative Research Center SFB-TRR 141: Biological Design and Integrative Structures – Analysis, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture

photographer: Heiko Stachel/Zitronenwolf Medien
An important characteristic of natural structures is their multi-layered, hierarchically structured, finely tuned and highly differentiated combination of a few basic molecular components leading to structures that are characterized by multiple networked functions.
Recent developments in computational design, simulation and fabrication offer new options for the transfer of these principles to the macro-scale of building construction and other fields of technology. Our aim is not only to increase performance, but also to transfer the inherent ecological properties of natural constructions, i.e. mainly the efficient usage of limited resources and closed material cycles, and thereby to contribute to sustainability in architecture and technology.

The entire programme is conceptualized as a dialogue: the functionally important features of the biological systems will be abstracted into a model representing the properties of interest and the underlying design principles. This model will serve as a basis for the simulation of functional morphology and for technical implementation. With regard to the process of ‚reverse biomimetics‘, the results will represent the foundations for further investigations and a more detailed understanding of the investigated biological systems.
As a general goal, the programme aims to contribute to the conceptualization and foundation of biomimetics as a scientific discipline in the context of architecture and building technologies.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers, Speaker of TRR 141

Structure of TRR 141


Transregio Partners






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