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A methodology for the generation of biomimetic design concepts

Badarnah, Lidia; Kadri, Usama


Usama Kadri


© 2014 Taylor & Francis. Systems found in nature provide a large database of strategies and mechanisms that can be implemented in biomimetic designs. Although several biomimetic design strategies are currently available, the generation of a successful design concept is still challenging. A major challenge is the absence of a systematic selective design methodology that is capable of identifying the relevant systems and then abstracting their strategies and mechanisms. In this paper, some existing biomimetic design strategies applied for nature emulation are analysed. As an outcome, a methodology for the generation of biomimetic design concepts is developed. The design methodology selects dominant strategies that function simultaneously in nature and provides selective user-friendly tools, which facilitate the generation of preliminary design concepts. An example for the generation process of a design concept is presented.


Badarnah, L., & Kadri, U. (2015). A methodology for the generation of biomimetic design concepts. Architectural Science Review, 58(2), 120-133.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 5, 2014
Online Publication Date Jun 4, 2014
Publication Date Apr 1, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 6, 2018
Journal Architectural Science Review
Print ISSN 0003-8628
Electronic ISSN 1758-9622
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 58
Issue 2
Pages 120-133
Keywords biomimetics, architecture, adaptation, building envelope, design concept generation, methodology
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