Gaia Group are an Edinburgh based architecture, planning and building research
company and specialist designers & consultants in ecological building
design. They have been using elements of animal architecture to develop concept
designs for a range of building types. The research was part-funded by the
DETRs Partners in Innovation Scheme and by CIOAA (Construction Industry
Organisations interested in Animal Architecture).
The project was sponsored by the DETR
through its Partners in Innovation Scheme.
The project aimed to bring animal building to the attention of the construction
industry in order to encourage innovation.
An area of particular interest is to explore new ideas and research needs
within the context of sustainability and to address biodiversity. environmental
pollution & protection which are key aspects of Government Sustainable
reciprocal frame construction
Animals are responsible for some impressive, experienced and environmentally
sensitive architecture. Like humans they construct in order to transform their
environment, improve their quality of life and provide safety and security
for their young.Their achievements in structural form & strength, microclimate
creation, material exploitation, membrane design, ventilation and pest management
However, we still know very little about these achievements, the underlying
physical principles, and how we might apply them.
In contrast to animal builders, humankind uses significant mechanical and
chemical resources to create and transform our habitat. It is argued that
use of these resources has been a principal element in our species success,
but how optimised is our performance?
project fits within a programme of research & innovation
work undertaken by members of Gaia Group
Animal Architecture Guidance Note 2000
work to date is summarised in a guidance note which covers principal areas
of interest. It includes a summary of a workshop held in April 2000 in which
contributions were made covering a range of specific and generic animal building
principles. Precedents have been identified where principles which may have
corollary with animal architects have been used. Price £20 (cheque with
order) from Gaia Research.
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