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Towards homeostatic architecture: simulation of the generative process of a termite mound construction

Linardou, O.; (2008) Towards homeostatic architecture: simulation of the generative process of a termite mound construction. Masters thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This report sets out to the theme of the generation of a ‘living’, homeostatic and self-organizing architectural structure. The main research question this project addresses is what innovative techniques of design, construction and materials could prospectively be developed and eventually applied to create and sustain human-made buildings which are mostly adaptive, self-controlled and self-functioning, without option to a vast supply of materials and peripheral services. The hypothesis is that through the implementation of the biological building behaviour of termites, in terms of collective construction mechanisms that are based on environmental stimuli, we could achieve a simulation of the generative process of their adaptive structures, capable to inform in many ways human construction. The essay explicates the development of the 3-dimensional, agent-based simulation of the termite collective construction and analyzes the results, which involve besides physical modelling of the evolved structures. It finally elucidates the potential of this emerging and adaptive architectural performance to be translated to human practice and thus enlighten new ecological engineering and design methodologies.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Towards homeostatic architecture: simulation of the generative process of a termite mound construction
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Approved for UCL Eprints by Mr A. Turner, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies.
UCL classification: ?? BG ??
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14632
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