Special exhibition „baubionik – biologie beflügelt architektur“

October 11, 2017

Special exhibition „baubionik – biologie beflügelt architektur“

Exhibition by the special research field “Biological Design and Integrative Structures – Analysis, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture”.
[Bild: J. Lienhard/T. Kulikova/Shutterstock, Bearbeitung: SMNS, R. Baumann]

The exhibition „baubionik – biologie beflügelt architektur“ opens in the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart on Thursday the 19.10.2017. This is both a part of and a showcase for the special research field “Biological Design and Integrative Structures – Analysis, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (coordinating university: University of Stuttgart)

Bionics is one of the most interesting combinations of fundamental research and its practical applications. But can biology also give architecture wings? Nature might have many original solutions for complex solutions, but can it really provide ideas for designing buildings or building elements? Does “bionic architecture” even really exist? Anyone aspiring to work in this field has to be prepared to cross boundaries. Boundaries between disciplines that usually have little to do with each other in everyday research. The crossing of such boundaries is the trademark of the special research area “Design and construction principles in biology and architecture”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Physicists, chemists, mineralogists, biologists and palaeontologists work together with material scientists, engineers and architects. 15 interdisciplinary teams investigate biological principals and apply the newly acquired knowledge to the fields of architecture and constructional engineering.

The new special exhibition „baubionik – biologie beflügelt architektur” in the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, Schloss Rosenstein, displays new research approaches and findings, spread across an exhibition area of 600 m2 and including examples of the exciting ideas and visions that develop when biology and architecture collide. This is not about simply ‘copying nature’, and compiling the research findings, discovering how something functions and creating a functioning product is a long and complex process. Ultimately, this process focuses on answering fundamental questions. The biological structures being investigated are often small, and how can the knowledge gained from these be applied to the dimensions of architecture? The exhibition also shows how this can be done.

Duration:
19.10.2017 to 06.05.2018

Location:
State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, Schloss Rosenstein, Rosenstein 1, 70191 Stuttgart

More information: www.trr141.de