Bio-Architecture [Javier Senosiain] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Bio-Architecture studies the natural principles of animal and human. Between vernacular and the high-technological architecture lies a new way of natural design: Bio-architecture. Mexican architect Javier. By architect Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Orgánica .. The organic house is born with the idea of creating an area adapted for man, according to his.

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He gives an insight into the basic elements found in nature and shows how they are used in the architecture and construction of our built environment. No study of bio-architecture should begin without reference to vernacular architecture from around the world and Senosiain provides a well illustrated study of forms and structures from various climatic zones.

Inspires architects to design structures that complement and correspond to their natural surroundings. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Bio-Architecture studies the javief principles of animal and human constructions from several different perspectives, and presents a great part of the knowledge that gives origin and shape to built form. Organic architecture offers a design approach arising from natural principles, bringing us back to local history, tradition, and cultural roots to give us adchitect forms which are in harmony with nature. It also shows how architects can take advantage of the resources that contemporary technology has placed within our grasp.

Bio-Architecture is a unique book that studies the natural principles of animal and human constructions from several different architfct and looks at what gives origin and shape to built form. The text gives an informative, inspiring overview of the drive toward organically informed design both intrinsically and aesthetically using a wide variety of international examples. Javier Senosiain is an architect and an historian.


He has pursued his interest in Organic Architecture across the globe drawing parallels between Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic dome and the spider’s web; between Santiago Calatrava’s Cathedral of St John in NY and the roots of a tree. Where nature has inspired form, Senosiain has made a career of analyzing and applying the principles he sees in some very creative writing and architecture. Read more Read less.


Review ‘Javier Senosiain tackles a large subject with appropriate enthusiasm. Architectural Press; 1 edition September 8, Language: Start reading Bio-Architecture on your Kindle in under a minute. Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts eenosiain other customers.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I really enjoyed this book. It is interesting, elegant, and inspiring. I wish the united states would embrace a more natural form of architecture as its new standard. I paid rather a lot for this slim volume, and am very dissatisfied with it. The language is pompous and peppered with annoying quotations intended to support the author in making a point. Occasionally, the link between text and quotation is so tenuous that the inclusion of a comment is baffling.

There is lots of pompous waffle, self-evident observations, and meaningless statements, not to mention some very involved and hugely patronising schematics supposed to elucidate the design process.

The poor quality of the translation may not help see belowbut Senosiain is the offender here. Furthermore, Senosiain makes a number of completely unsubstantiated comments, e. He also fails to engage with the increasingly important need for ecologically-friendly building to a satisfactory extent.

Many of the images e. This detracts hugely from a book which, like other architectural works, relies heavily on images to make a point. The translation is atrocious.

This may occasionally add to the impression of patronising pomposity e. In other places, no attempt has been made at translation at all. Similarly, the “nuraghe” usual use in English of the Italian plural of singular “nuraga” structures of Sardinia are referred to using the Hispanicised plural “nuragas” p.

Why has this word escaped translation? As a final example of the poor quality of the translation, the work uses the word “Eskimo”, long ago discarded in English language material in favour of the ethonym “Inuit” because of the racist connotations of “Eskimo”.


It means “raw flesh eater”, and was applied to the Inuit in a derogatory fashion by neighbouring tribes. This again shows the lack of linguistic sensitivity which pervades the translation. This is totally and utterly unnecessary.

The translator seems to have had little grasp of the subject, or even of the process of Spanish-English translation. In my estimation, the book seriously undermines the reputation of Elsevier for quality publications. It suggests a lack of rigour in the selection and assessment of the translator. Coupled arcihtect the image resolution problems referred to above, the whole thing smacks of total disregard for the reader.

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