The Evolution of Designs: Biological Analogy in Architecture and the Applied Arts

Pub. Date: 2008-05-28
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
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The Evolution of Designs tells the history of the many analogies that have been made, since the end of the 18th century, between the evolution of organisms and the human production of artefacts especially buildings.

Table of Contents

The Organic Analogy
The Classificatory Analogy: Building Types and Natural Species
The Anatomical Analogy: Engineering Structure and the Animal Skeleton
The Darwinian Analogy: Trial and Error in the Evolution of Organisms and Artefacts
The Evolution of Decoration
Tools as Organs or as Extensions of the Physical Body
How to Speed up Craft Evolution
Design as Process of Growth
Biotechnics: Plants and Animals as Inventors
Hierarchical Strcuture and the Adaptive Process
The Consequences of the Biological Fallacy: functional determinism
What Remains of the Analogy?
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