Construction as biological cells: can construction cells be similar to biological cells?

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Abeysekera, Vasantha and Shelke, Mayur G.. 2015. "Construction as biological cells: can construction cells be similar to biological cells?" Ahmed, Syed M., Xenidis, Yiannis, Azhar, Salman, Smith, Norma A., Yaris, Cat E. and Campbell, Shaunna (ed.) 8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8). Thessaloniki, Greece 27 - 30 May 2015 Greenville, North Caroina, USA.
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Construction as biological cells: can construction cells be similar to biological cells?

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsAbeysekera, Vasantha (Author) and Shelke, Mayur G. (Author)
EditorsAhmed, Syed M., Xenidis, Yiannis, Azhar, Salman, Smith, Norma A., Yaris, Cat E. and Campbell, Shaunna
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8)
ERA Conference ID77050
60421
Number of Pages8
Year2015
Place of PublicationGreenville, North Caroina, USA
ISBN9780989462372
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.citcglobal.com/
Conference/Event8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8)
International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
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8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8)
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International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
Delivery
In person
Event Date
27 to end of 30 May 2015
Event Location
Thessaloniki, Greece
Event Details
International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
Abstract

The premise that construction cells can be similar to biological cells is examined through a metaphorical approach with a view to generating new insights on how to manage construction given the amazing accuracy of the cell replication process. Evidence is presented to justify the use of the metaphorical approach. Although learning from nature has resulted in many innovations, it is noted that such applications in construction management studies seems far and few. Nevertheless, a successful exploration of chaos theory is presented as a further justification and in support of the metaphorical approach including how metaphor can be used for building theory in construction management. Biological cell properties are synthesised with the following concepts explored: the cell, the embedded design, and rate of cell proliferation providing evidence through a case study to justify the metaphorical assertion ‘construction as biological cells’. It is professed that with further work, it may be possible to lay the foundations for a theory on the management of cells in construction.

Keywordscell, design, metaphor, rate of build, theory building
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020330202. Building construction management and project planning
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Copyright © 2015 by CITC-8, Greenville, North Carolina, USA. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any formor by any means without written permission from the editors.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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