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Title: The load-bearing duct: biomimicry in structural design
Authors: Wadee, M. Ahmer
Hunt, Gary R.
Yiatros, Stylianos 
Keywords: Buildings, structures & design
Issue Date: Dec-2007
Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd.
Source: Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability, 2007, Volume 160, Issue 4, Pages 179 –188
Abstract: The philosophical aspects of applying the principles of biomimicry are explored in a case study of structural design. Integrating structural engineering with services engineering can be regarded, to some extent, as taking principles from biological systems and applying them to large-scale conceptual design. The end-product discussed herein a so-called load-bearing duct, a functional naturally ventilated multi-storey office building that takes the applied loading efficiently both structurally and cost-effectively giving it the potential to be sustainable throughout its design life.
ISSN: 1751-7680
DOI: 10.1680/ensu.2007.160.4.179
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