Lecture of the Bydgoszcz Academy of Art.
The lecture presents the process of shaping coherent relations between architecture and nature, lasting from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century, consisting of creative drawing of inspiration from nature, accompanied by growing respect for the natural environment and awareness of its limitations. These relations have been characterised on the basis of the results of the analysis of selected architectural objects, representative of particular creative directions. In order to define the interdependencies between architecture and nature, for each of the analysed creative directions, factors influencing the shaping of the structure, function, form and aesthetics of the studied architectural objects, building materials, executive, design and computational methods used during their creation, and the way of functioning of the completed buildings in the context of the natural environment were identified. Research into the relationship between architecture and nature has highlighted the particularly important role played by drawing knowledge and inspiration from biological sciences and striving to create a coherent natural and cultural environment. At the beginning of the 21st century, this consistent and deepening trend contributed to the development of a new concept of biological architecture.
Dr. in architectural engineering Barbara Widera – graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology. Author of the doctoral dissertation “Fashion as an interdisciplinary issue on the example of architecture and clothing” (2002). Designer, architect, assistant professor in the Department of History of Architecture, Art and Technology at the Faculty of Architecture at the Wrocław University of Technology. The presented courses: History of contemporary architecture, Aesthetics, History of clothing, Contemporary architecture, Bioclimatic architecture.
Specialist in the field of energy efficiency and environmental strategies in buildings, and ecological and bioclimatic architecture. Underwater archaeologist, member of international scientific expeditions organized, among others, for the purpose of searching for and exploring wrecks in the Black Sea basin. Member of the Section of History of Architecture and Monuments Protection of the Architecture and Urban Planning Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences Branch in Wrocław. Member of the Scientific Council of Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), an international organization gathering members of global scientific institutions, working for the benefit of designing with awareness of the consequences for the environment. Co-founder of the Research Center for Sustainable Built Environment (RoSE) at the Wrocław University of Technology. From 2013, an expert of the European Commission.
She actively participates in numerous international scientific conferences. She is the author of several dozen publications and the latest book “The process of shaping relations with nature in contemporary architecture.”
Professional interests: Contemporary architecture, bioclimatic architecture, energy efficiency and environmental technologies in construction, underwater archaeology, architectural design, clothing design, history of clothing, aesthetics, philosophy.
Personal interests: Diving, travelling, linguistics, intercultural communication, fashion, dance.