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The art and Science of Animal Architects


Prof. Subodh Shankar , Integral University, Lucknow


Animal Architect, Termite Mound, Groundhog, Biomimicry, Eastgate Centre, Beaver, Bees-Honeycomb, Paper Wasp, Spider Web, Baya Weaver, Sociable Weaver, Red Oven Bird, Predator, Coral Reefs


As a human being, we have always considered ourselves as the most intelligent, innovative and superior- most creature on earth and since history immortal, have at all times, claimed our supremacy over all other creatures on planet earth. However, Charles Darwin – father of the evolution theory, differed from the general perception, by saying- perhaps rightly so- ‘Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal’. This clearly indicates Darwin’s belief and trust on the caliber of the animals too. Let us therefore, try to testify Darwin’s perception as well as his faith on the caliber and scientific advancements in the field of the habitats of non- human creatures i.e. the animals, birds, insects and aquatic animals etc. This study is important to architects as they are responsible for the creation of manmade built- spaces and structures, which so far have been based on their own perception, while many built spaces and structures created by non human beings are far-far superior to our own; thereby providing us a golden opportunity to improvise our understanding of built- spaces through the study of the creations of these ‘substandard creatures’.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV4I60483
Published in: Volume : 4, Issue : 6
Publication Date: 01/09/2016
Page(s): 923-930

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