Developing a Nature-Inspired Model of Creativity in Architectural Design for Novice Learners

Document Type : Research Article


1 Ph.D. Candidate in Architectur, Islamic Azad University, North Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran.

2 Professor, School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran.

3 Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Islamic Azad University, North Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran.


Problem statement: In the architectural design process, creativity plays an essential role in idea processing. Since creative ideas do not emerge without mental background, the ideas of the past contribute to future creations. Given that over years nature has been referred to as a natural selection for its efficiency and diversity, it can serve as a model in the creative process of the architectural design model. This study aims to focus on the creative process, design process and bionic science at the same time. Previous studies have not integrated three components.
Research objective: Since architecture is fundamentally interdisciplinary, this research attempts to highlight the role of design process systems, creativity and bionic science. Then it describes their associations in the conceptual and logical systems. It also attempts to establish a meaningful and purposeful relationship between the above-mentioned elements and concepts. The impetus of this study is to understand how bionics can promote creativity in architectural design. It is hoped that this study serves as a baseline for the nature-inspired process of creative architectural design.
Research method: This research employs logical reasoning and uses analytical-descriptive analysis to establish a relationship between creativity, architectural design and patterns derived from nature. In terms of the purpose, this study is applied and in terms of the type, it is also a review.
Conclusion: The research findings confirm that nature is a suitable platform for improving the visual thinking strategy of beginners to design ideas. The use of visual descriptors as a cognitive strategy leads to visual retrieval of mental latency in the idea generation stage, which leads to design diversity. Knowledge of the components of nature provides us with strategies to experience structures and systems. This helps us gain a better understanding of the problem of architecture and find a variety of solutions. It also enhances the creativity of novice designers. The stages of the design and creativity process promoted by bionic science overlap. The basic stages of the creative design in bionic architecture include a) using a bionic framework for the architectural design problem, b) preparing a checklist of nature based on the problem, c) examining the accuracy of the rating scale of the relationship between this list and the design problem.


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