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Title: BIOMIMICRY: ECHOING THE RAINFOREST : CONCEPTUALIZING AN ALTERNATIVE MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE TROPICAL SKYSCRAPERS BASED ON STRATEGIES OF THE TROPICAL RAINFOREST.
Authors: TIW PEK HONG
Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
Cheah Kok Ming
Biomimicry
Rainforest
Issue Date: 5-Jan-2010
Citation: TIW PEK HONG (2010-01-05T08:38:49Z). BIOMIMICRY: ECHOING THE RAINFOREST : CONCEPTUALIZING AN ALTERNATIVE MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE TROPICAL SKYSCRAPERS BASED ON STRATEGIES OF THE TROPICAL RAINFOREST.. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: “Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain” Frank Lloyd Wright1 Following the footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright, this paper will attempt to tackle the design of skyscrapers in Singapore, more specifically high-rise high-density skyscrapers, by turning back to nature via the approach of biomimicry. The aim of this paper is to propose a conceptual model for sustainable high-density high-rise suitable for tropical Singapore. The tropical rainforest will be nominated not as the only candidate, but as a feasible candidate, where solutions, systems and structures would be studies, and translated into architecture. The paper will start out by establishing the current model and systems of skyscrapers in the tropics. It will then move on to provide an introduction to the infant science of biomimicry, its concept, methods and categorizations. Then the rainforest biome would be examined intensively and broken down into its constituent elements, and fitted into a constructed taxonomy of its various key players. Following which a review of its applicability in ecological architecture based on various existing ecological design principles will be presented. Finally, fundamental ideas and systems which enables the function, survival and growth of the rainforest would be distilled, and parallels with high-density skyscrapers in Singapore would be drawn. A case study of a high-rise where successful biomimicry were applied would be presented as a platform for comparison. Last but not least, to conclude, the limitation and problems of such a model would be addressed and touched on.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223445
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