Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 6(2), pp. 88 - 107
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2018.060206
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The Design Characteristics of Nature-inspired Buildings

Jin Kim 1, Kanggeun Park 2,*
1 Department of Paideia, Sungkyul University, Anyang, South Korea
2 Department of Architectural Engineering, I’ST Institute, Seoul, South Korea


The systems, processes, and organisms optimized for the evolution of nature over several hundred million years have helped designers and architects seeking improved and innovative solutions. Inspired by the shape and function of nature, some architects have created great architectures by finding and applying new design sources from nature's elements. The beautiful and mysterious nature landscape surrounding us not only gives us a new appearance for the four seasons, but also provides the source of new ideas for human. When looking at nature elements such as trees, flowers, animals, and ocean organisms, architects can find unusual perspectives, visually interesting ideas, special structures, creative details and innovative mechanisms. Most modern cities are full of buildings like the shape of supermarkets and boxes, if possible, architects should try to satisfy human emotions with beautiful scenery and natural closeness through environmental architecture. When planning for future cities and constructing new buildings, how to satisfy our yearning for a harmonious interaction with nature, and how the historic characteristics of buildings are shown to be presence. All of these are related to our fundamental human feelings and emotions, can improve holistic interrelationships between buildings and nature for human life. Nature-inspired biomimicry is a way of observing the natural world to find design solutions that may enable us to create the concepts of new building design with sustainable and healthy. This study is to analyze what are nature inspirations for the visual and conception building designs and what are the characteristic of innovative designs and technologies inspired by nature.

New Design Source, Nature-inspired Architecture, Nature-inspired Biomimicry

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[1] Jin Kim , Kanggeun Park , "The Design Characteristics of Nature-inspired Buildings," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 88 - 107, 2018. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2018.060206.

(b). APA Format:
Jin Kim , Kanggeun Park (2018). The Design Characteristics of Nature-inspired Buildings. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 6(2), 88 - 107. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2018.060206.