Multispecies Architectural Design: Challenges and Opportunities

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Architectural Design, Urban Science, and Real Estate".

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Dear Colleagues,

The rapid expansion of the global human population has resulted in a significant decline in biodiversity. Conventional environmental design approaches have proven insufficient in tackling this pressing issue, necessitating innovative research at the building scale. Multispecies design, which acknowledges non-human species as active stakeholders, represents a paradigm shift away from anthropocentric architectural design.

To effectively design for multispecies environments, interdisciplinary collaboration between architecture, ecology, and animal geography is crucial. This collaboration should aim to generate new knowledge, design methods, and tools that enable the translation of non-human species' needs into architectural form.

This Special Issue highlights the urgency to address declining biodiversity through multispecies design and investigates the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating ecological knowledge into architectural practice. By embracing the needs of non-human species, built environments have the potential to foster biodiversity conservation and facilitate a more harmonious coexistence between humans and the natural world.

Dr. Yasha Jacob Grobman
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Keywords

  • multispecies design
  • ecology
  • animal-aided design
  • biodiversity
  • zoomorphic architecture
  • organic architecture
  • biomimicry
  • sustainability
  • computational design
  • green buildings

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Utilizing Design Objectives and Key Performance Indicators as a Means for Multi-Species Building Envelopes
by Soultana Tanya Saroglou, Surayyn Uthaya Selvan, Laura Windorfer, Wolfgang W. Weisser, Jens Joschinski, Thomas E. Hauck, Katia Perini, Francesca Mosca, Yasha J. Grobman and Shany Barath
Buildings 2024, 14(1), 250; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings14010250 - 16 Jan 2024
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Population growth, urbanization, and climate change have significantly contributed to environmental degradation, posing severe consequences for humans and other species. By integrating ecological objectives with human-centric goals, a path towards a sustainable, multi-species future is possible. Current sustainable design principles have shown positive [...] Read more.
Population growth, urbanization, and climate change have significantly contributed to environmental degradation, posing severe consequences for humans and other species. By integrating ecological objectives with human-centric goals, a path towards a sustainable, multi-species future is possible. Current sustainable design principles have shown positive environmental impacts by addressing human-centric objectives such as enhancing green infrastructure, energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and more. However, the incorporation of multi-species design criteria remains unresolved. This paper proposes a conceptual framework in which human-centric and ecological design objectives are defined and associated through the selection of key performance indicators (KPIs) represented by numerical thresholds. But, while the objective-KPI relationship is an established path in architectural design, the same does not apply for preserving and promoting biodiversity. The proposed conceptual framework identifies, defines, and associates the relevant objective-KPI relationships for all stakeholders and becomes the basis for evaluating the project computationally. Such an approach is currently lacking. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multispecies Architectural Design: Challenges and Opportunities)
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