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Natural structures are multi-layered, hierarchically structured and finely tuned combinations of a few basic molecular components. Recent developments in computational design, simulation and fabrication offer new options for the transfer of these principles to the macro-scale of building construction.  The aim is not only to increase performance, but also to transfer the inherent ecological properties of natural systems, i.e. the efficient usage of limited resources and closed material cycles, and thereby, to contribute to sustainability in architecture and technology.



Jan Knippers | Universität Stuttgart
Thomas Speck | Universität Freiburg
Klaus Nickel| Universität Tübingen



Detailed program will be available soon.



Modeling and simulation

Manfred Bischoff | Universität Stuttgart, Institute for Structural Mechanics
Wolfgang Ehlers | Universität Stuttgart, Institute of Applied Mechanics
Oliver Röhrle | Universität Stuttgart, Institute of Applied Mechanics
Siegfried Schmauder | Universität Stuttgart , Institute for Materials Testing, Materials Science and Strength of Materials

Design and construction

Bill Addis | University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture
Mario Carpo | The Bartlett, University College London, Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory
Georges Jeronimidis | University of Reading, Composite Materials Engineering
Achim Menges | Universität Stuttgart, ICD Institute for Computational Design
Gerd de Bruyn | Universität Stuttgart, Institute of Theory of Architecture and Design
Jan Knippers | Universität Stuttgart, ITKE Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design
Patrik Schumacher | Zaha Hadid Architects, London
Werner Sobek | Universität Stuttgart, ILEK Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design Fabrication and Manufacturing
Götz Gresser | Universität Stuttgart, Institute for Textile Technology, Fiber Based Materials and Textile Machinery

Botany and Biodiversity

Wilhelm Barthlott | Universität Bonn, Nees Institute for Biodiversity of Plants
Tom Masselter | Universität Freiburg, Plant Biomechanics Group & Botanic Garden
Ralf Reski | Universität Freiburg, Plant Biotechnology
Olga Speck | Universität Freiburg, Plant Biomechanics Group & Botanic Garden
Thomas Speck | Universität Freiburg, Plant Biomechanics Group & Botanic Garden

Zoology, Palaentology and Mineralogy

Oliver Betz | Universität Tübingen, Evolutionary Biology of Invertebrates
Stanislav Gorb | Universität Kiel, Functional Morphology and Biomimetics
James H. Nebelsick | Universität Tübingen, Invertebrate Palaeontology
Klaus Nickel | Universität Tübingen, Applied Mineralogy



The conference takes place at Museum am Löwentor, Stuttgart, Germany.



The conference requires registration until 25. October 2015.
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  Picture: ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 (Photo: ICD/ITKE, Universität Stuttgart)