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Have you ever noticed that often building structures have obvious elements of those contained in natural sciences, such as graphical patterns of a giraffe or gel-like unicellular texture for the windows? Theses similarities are no accident. They are well thought out and planned.
Adrian Forty writes in his book, Words and Buildings: a Vocabulary of Modern Architecture, that "...since the scientific metaphors employed in architecture are drawn from such a diversity of scientific fields, from natural sciences as well as physical sciences and mathematics, the cumulative effect is to suggest the unlikeness of architecture from science in general." Modern architects agree that many designers borrow engineering and textural ideas from the life sciences.
There are numerous examples that architecture is indeed linked to biology. This bold claim might appear surprising, considering that it comes from architectural engineers and not scientists. In fact if you ever vacation in Spain, you may want to visit the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona. This institution of learning grants a graduate masters degree in genetics and bio-digital architect design. The courses are collaboratively taught by both architects and life scientists.
In the future, I believe that building designs will not only borrow form and structure from the natural and molecular sciences, but will tap into the emotional functioning of humans who inhibit those buildings. Factors such as moods and physiological states will be built into the design, walls and even floors of buildings. Human interaction with buildings and spaces will perhaps intermingle with the neurobiology and affects brain sensory functions.