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

Abeysekera, Vasantha and Shelke, Mayur G. (2015) Construction as biological cells: can construction cells be similar to biological cells? In: 8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century: Changing the Field: Recent Developments for the Future of Engineering and Construction (CITC-8), 27-30 May 2015, Thessaloniki, Greece.


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.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 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.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 01:55
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 04:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: cell, design, metaphor, rate of build, theory building
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning

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