Charlotte Donivar

MA Architecture

The Bee’s Temple: Unlocking the Structural Codes in Architecture applied through the principles of Biomimicry

This thesis aims to unlock the structural codes which underpin how new forms could be generated using the principles of biomimicry. There is ever-increasing urbanisation across the world and as a result of this humans have come to design in a way that we have excluded ourselves from the natural ecosystem. Architects are now increasingly looking at how nature creates form. Looking for solutions to design in sustainable and generative ways. To understand this principle, I used the beehive as my focal point. Exploring the oscillating vibration that bees use inside the hive. Is it possible to create architecture through the medium of vibration? Modelled through the principle of a soundwave?

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