"What is the architect doing in the jungle? Biornametics."

Architecture defined by natural patterns
Series: Edition Angewandte

Imhof, Barbara; Gruber, Petra (Eds.), 2013, 2013, 100 p. 51 illus. in color.
ISBN 978-3-7091-1528-2, January 2013


  • Biornametics presented in "out of the box - 10 Questions about Artistic Research", Exhibition 29 November 2013 - 5 January 2014, MAK , Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
  • Symposium discussion and exhibtion, Lichthof, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, 23.May 2011

Scientific Reports

  • "Biornametics – Architecture defined by Natural Patterns – is an emerging contemporary design practice that explores a new methodology to interconnect scientific evidence with creative design in the field of architecture." defined in Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, Bhushan, Bharat (Ed.) Volume 1, 0-9-E, Springer, Wien, 2012, XLIX,p. 2868

  • P. Gruber, B. Imhof: "Biornametics - Architecture defined by natural patterns"; Interim Research Report, Austrian Science Fund, Vienna, 2011


  • Gruber P., Benti D.: Biomimetic strategies for innovation and sustainable development in: Sustainable Building 2013, Democratic transition and sustainable communities, Overcoming challenges through innovative practical solutions, Conference Proceedings, Cairo, 6.-7.11.2013, pp. 578-590, Shaker Verlag Aachen, 2013
  • I. C. Gebeshuber, P. Gruber, B.Imhof, “Sustainable Biomimetics In Architecture- Lessons from Attenborough, Loos and Biornametics”, Sustainability Through Biomimicry, Discovering A World Of Solutions Inspired By Nature, Dammam University, College of Design, 28-30 November 2011 - accepted for publication 2012
  • I. C. Gebeshuber, P. Gruber, B.Imhof, Definition of “Biornametics”, Springer Encyclopedia of Nanoscience, Science+Business Media B.V. 2012


  • European Forum Alpbach, University Forum, Lecture - “Science To Architecture: Design By Research” Imhof, Gruber, August 25th 2010, Alpbach, Austria
  • BIONICS conference, Leoben, Austria, Prospects of BIONICS for Functional Material Science and Engineering, Lecture and Poster - “BIORNAMETICS - Science To Architecture: Design By Research”, Imhof, Gruber, Montanuniversität Leoben, September 22nd 2010
  • bionik-A, 2nd international symposium on biomimetics 2010, poster and presentation BIORNAMETICS, Gebeshuber, Gruber Villach, Austria, October 6th-8th 2010
  • Seminar "Künstlerische Forschung" (arts-based research), Barbara Imhof presented on BIORNAMETICS, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, December 2nd 2010
  • Symposium Ferrum Ybssitz, "Dialog Metallbearbeiter - Architekten", Joseph Hofmarcher presented the project "Biornametics" in the frame of the architecture symposium, Ybbssitz, Austria, April 29th 2011
  • International Bionic Engineering Conference 2011 Boston, U.S., Petra Gruber presented on BIORNAMETICS, Sep 2011 in Boston, U.S.
  • Wieviel Wissenschaft bekommt der Kunst?, Symposium der ARGE „Wissenschaft und Kunst“ der Österreichischen Forschungsgemeinschaft (Austrian Research Association), Barbara Imhof presented on BIORNAMETICS - Künstlerische Erforschung der Natur und ihre Anwendung in der Architektur, 4. – 5. November 2011, Academy of Fine Arts,Vienna
  • Sustainability through Biomimicry, Dammam University, College of Design, Dammam, Saudi-Arabia, 26-28 November 2012, 2012

Radio broadcasts

  • Radio broadcast about the arts-based research project "Biornametics", 4th of May 2010, 7pm in the frame of the science broadcast "Dimensions" ORF-Ö1,
  • Radio broadcast about the arts-based research project "Biornametics", 10th of May 2011, 17.30 pm at Radio Orange - listen to broadcast


  • 8 Postcards, 7 from the installation/exhibition and one half-way through the project.

The content developed is also represented in the following output

  • Website including Facebook group: a public interface throughout the whole project development; thus it reflects the process rather than the final outcome. (,
  • Data sheets of 37 role models, excel data base
  • Role model playcards: prepared for Workshop II as working tool
  • Animated computer simulations of role models
  • Concept drawings
  • Two-dimensional pattern-drawings of role model selection
  • References to key literature and classification of role models
  • Clarification of main terminology