Supervisor: Dr Michael Weinstock, Dr George Jeronimidis
Due to the current unpredictable climatic conditions and immense demands of societies, a city which can adapt, self-organize and maintain its stability through perturbations caused by internal (society) and external (environment) stimuli is a prerequisite to humans’ survival in future. Species throughout the course of evolution have developed processes ensuring their survival and adaptation to the external environmental changes. Homeostasis is the main driving force of any singular, multicellular or even collective organisms to maintain their vital parameters at a steady state. This research examines the potential of homeostatic principles, and their connection to growth and development in natural systems, to inform the design of singular and collective architectural assemblies across a range of scales. Homeostasis is the term for the biological processes by which individual beings and collectives maintain equilibrium in their environment, and there is a wide range of morphological and behavioral traits across multiple species. Examine and reflecting on the interrelations of forms, processes, and behaviors can yield useful strategies for architectural design processes that require significant environmental performance enhancements. Although biomimicry has been established for many decades, and has made significant contributions to engineering and architecture, homeostasis has rarely been part of this field of research. The ambition of this research is to abstract principles of homeostasis, growth, and development of natural systems, to define and develop those principles through experiments to produce a computational design engine to generate testable mathematical models with specified degree of mutability, or adaptation to differing circumstances or environments, together with an expository conceptual and computationally simulated design, evaluations and principles of implementation.