Naturally informed design: back in harness, the long march or a new territory?
Piroozfar, A.E. and Plank, R,J, (2005) Naturally informed design: back in harness, the long march or a new territory? In: Proceedings of IASS Symposium 2005 (International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures). IASS, Bucharest, Romania.
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The way of dealing with nature as the context of manmade structure has been a matter of dispute during the history of built environment. Two general ways may be potentially taken; ignorance or respectfulness. Focusing on the latter attitude towards the nature, this paper briefly overviews the possible approaches in this way. Then it will try to assess them in a framework which is widely accepted through architectural history to find out the legitimacy of each approach. Drawing an overall view of the naturally-inspired design, then it will have some recommendations for the designers not only in built environment but in other disciplines. The aim hopefully is to help them in having a clearer view about their situation at first stage of design process, their choices and methodologies during it and a perspective about the final products in the end.
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